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Why We Eat the 7 Fruits on Tu B’Shvat
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By Jo Ann Gardner for The Forward
The seven species are pomegranate, grapes, dates, figs, olives, wheat and barley.
Why do we eat fruit of the Seven Species on Tu B’Shvat?
The Seven Species of the Bible are a central feature of the celebration of Tu B’Shvat, which this year occurs in late January. The reason usually given for eating foods from this group, especially its fruits, is that they are symbols of God’s creation, and that by eating them we give thanks to Him and reaffirm our ties to the Land of Israel.
Top 10 Jewish stories of 2018
(RNS) — The brutality of anti-Semitism in several forms dominated the top 10 news stories related to Jews and Judaism this year. But there were important and even happy developments as well.
1. The Tree of Life synagogue shooting
The “slaughter of the innocents” in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October was the single worst anti-Jewish attack in U.S. history, with 11 worshippers killed (among them were two of my cousins, Cecil and David Rosenthal). The swift public revulsion and denunciation of the massacre cut across all religious, ethnic and racial boundaries and resulted in a vast outpouring of support for the American Jewish community.
The Mysterious Childhood of King David
By Ushi Derman for Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People
You can tell a lot about religions by their archetypal protagonist. Generally speaking, Christianity is fond of pure, untarnished guys, those who turn their other cheek. The Muslims adore men who sacrifice their lives to reach paradise, whereas the Buddhists respect he who can live an entire life doing one thing – avoiding. Avoiding over eating, uninhibited sex, alcohol and drugs, and life in general.
And Judaism? Well, it certainly resents the character of the agonized martyr. Jewish protagonists are deliberately portrayed full of flaws, bursting with drives and passions, just the opposite of saints. Abraham is manipulative, Isaac is limp, Jacob is hypocritical, Moses stutters, Joseph is arrogant and vindictive, Samson is impulsive and Salomon is a hedonist.
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Beth El is getting a new playground! If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground." If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!
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Join Rabbi Spinrad and Cantor Kaufman for our family-friendly, all-congregation dinner and Shabbat service to welcome Rabbi Tuchman to Beth El!
Community dinner is before the service on March 1. Dinner is $7 per adult, $5 per child, $20 for a family of four, and $5 per person for each person over four, regardless of age.
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Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El. Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play! The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB. Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion! Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games). RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected] Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.
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Help support the Women of Reform Judaism and its many programs by purchasing a dozen or more of your favorite hamantaschen – poppy, prune, apricot, or raspberry. (One flavor per dozen) Cost is $10 per dozen. Simply fill out this form and send in your payment by March 1, 2019. Pick up will be on March 17th at the Purim Carnival. WRJ thanks you for your support!!
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