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Leket Israel Launches Tu B’Shevat Project, Sayeret Tapuz

14 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
Many of the project's volunteers this year are Israeli special needs teenagers from Gan Yavne.

Firefighters Get Control Over Jerusalem-Area Forest Fires Near Beit Shemesh, Givat HaMatos

1 Sivan 5776 – June 7, 2016
Firefighters were busy in the forested hills around Jerusalem as high temperatures and dry air made it easy for flames to ignite in the trees.

Tie a Red Ribbon

24 Shevat 5776 – February 2, 2016
At some time or another, an artist tied red ribbons on all the trees on Emek Refaim street in Jerusalem.

Helsinki Environmental ‘World Village’ Bans Jewish National Fund

13 Sivan 5775 – May 31, 2015
The festival also blocked a Freedom of Speech Village that was to include an "I am Charlie" exhibition.

Uprooting that which Was Planted

2 Adar 5773 – February 11, 2013
The fear of a Palestinian takeover of state lands in the center of Gush Etzion led Women in Green to plant trees, but the Civil Administration has issued an eviction order. The case will be heard in March.

The Noose Around Israel’s Neck

14 Kislev 5773 – November 27, 2012
Only by resisting the noose, can Israel survive. Only by fighting to free its hands, can it resist.

Uprooted

20 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
Liad Arussy sent us this image of a collapsed tree in Fair Lawn, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy. She wrote: "Once stood so strong, now...

Politics And Torah — Friends Or Enemies?

11 Heshvan 5773 – October 26, 2012
Many trees upstate were damaged by the hurricane that swept through the East Coast at the end of last summer, and I was involved in finding the safest equipment to clean up the mess. I love trees and found the chore of cutting them down very difficult, especially knowing that the stately 60 year old trees would be impossible to replace. Even though we planted new trees, I don't know whether I will be there to enjoy these new saplings when they are 60 years old.

Theft and Destruction at Jewish-Owned Olive Grove

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 25, 2012
Arabs steal olives from Jewish-owned grove, then destroy trees. Victim asks why the media makes Jews the villain.

Mount of Olives Trees Are World’s Oldest

5 Heshvan 5773 – October 21, 2012
Tests conducted on olive trees on Jerusalem's historic Mount of Olives are the oldest known trees in the world, according to a study released on Friday conducted by the National Research Council of Italy Trees and Timber Institute.

Palestinians Caught in the Act (Video)

30 Tishri 5773 – October 15, 2012
Every year Palestinians and foreign activists try to blame Settlers for cutting down olive trees. But once again Settlers have caught the Palestinians and the activists on film cutting down trees, presumably to then blame the Jews.

Forester-For-A-Day: KKL-JNF Involves Citizens in Maintaining Israeli Forests

23 Elul 5772 – September 10, 2012
KKL-JNF's ( Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael- Jewish National Fund) “Forester For a Day” program is a new ecological initiative that offers visitors a unique opportunity to assist in maintaining Israel's forests, prevent forest fires and promote an overall atmosphere of environmental awareness. The Jewish Press sat down with Revital Ovadia, the program's coordinator to find out more.

‘Kzayit’: Rashi Almost Certainly Never Saw an Olive

6 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
Is Halakhic Judaism rational and rooted in reality, or is it a hypothetical construct unconducive to engaging the real world?

Why It’s Important To Know Hebrew

7 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
Many of the most fascinating posts I come across are based on sources in Hebrew. These stories would fascinate you, yet I simply do not have the time to translate them all for you...

Israel Celebrates Tu B’Shevat

15 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
School children and families across Israel celebrated the holiday of Tu B’Shevat on Wednesday, planting trees and eating fruits native to the Land of Israel in honor of the New Year of the Trees.

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Preaches Killing of Jews in Sermon

21 Tevet 5772 – January 16, 2012
Top PA religious official was speaking at event celebrating founding of Fatah.

Big Bang On Glenbrook

5 Heshvan 5772 – November 2, 2011
For 10 years our front door was 35 feet from the busiest road leading in and out of Morristown, New Jersey. Zoom, zoom, zoom…one car after another going 40-50 miles per hour, not only during the morning and afternoon rush hours, but all week long. Even when we stood by our front door, we had to yell at the top of our lungs to call to our children who were playing in our tiny front yard.

‘Sovev, Sovev’ – Round And Round We Go

14 Tishri 5772 – October 12, 2011
"What a depressing book!" is a common response to reading Sefer Kohelet. It seems at first glance that Shlomo HaMelech, the wisest of all men, is telling us there is no purpose to all of man's efforts, whether intellectual, material or social.

Coping With Irene’s Wrath: New Yorkers Tell Their Stories

1 Elul 5771 – August 31, 2011
As Hurricane Irene barreled toward New York late last week, city officials, still smarting over what critics called a tentative response to the great blizzard of 2010, acted proactively, shutting down mass transit and ordering a mandatory evacuation in zones expected to be directly in the path of the massive storm.

The Sprouting Of Mashiach

7 Shevat 5771 – January 12, 2011
What is it about Tu B'Shevat?There are four "Roshei Hashanah." The First of Tishrei we all know about. That is the day we blow the shofar.The First of Nissan and the First of Elul come and go in our times without much notice.

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