Tu B’Shevat: Trees and the Conflict
While I am energized and inspired by the way the holiday of Tu B’Shevat has become catalyst for the Jewish environmental movement… since returning a few weeks ago from five months in Israel I am conscious of other issues, values, and difficult discussions the Tu B’Shevat seder might provide a forum for. Trees in Israel are often a political issue and have become the focal point in strategic policies in the ongoing Conflict that plagues the country. This year, as I celebrate the New Year for the Trees and meditate on the themes of renewal, my thoughts are drawn to two memorable encounters I had with trees in Israel and the deep insight into the Conflict that these experiences gave me.
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