Why did we celebrate the birthday of the trees when they are snow covered and hibernating? What are some of Israel's most "green" agricultural pursuits? How much tzedakah (charity) does the Torah command Israel's farmers to give? Many people celebrate a day of rest every seven days, but does the Torah really require a year of rest for the land?
These are some of the many topics we discussed last week in our celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, the Birthday of the Trees. The class created beautiful posters with which to share what they learned with the rest of the school. The Hebrew School and many family members enjoyed a Tu B'Shvat seder, and the delicious foods that went along. Our day ended at Stop and Shop with Rabbi Levin, where there was a scavenger hunt that not only taught us about kashrut, but also contributed to the Kosher Food Pantry. What tzedakah! What a mitzvah!