This Week’s Torah Portion: Yitro

the ten commandments

Name: Yitro (Jethro) Reading: Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 Haftarah: Isiah 6:1 – 7:6; 9:5-6 Parsha Summary – Yitro Moses is Reunited with his Family Jethro hears of everything God has done for the Israelites and that they have been freed from Egypt. He takes his daughter (Moses’s wife) Zipporah and her two sons and travels […]

Fruit and Trees in Judaism

fruit trees, tu b'shvat

Tomorrow night, we’ll celebrate Tu B’Shevat. Literally translated as the 15th of Shevat, it’s the Jewish calendar’s New Year for Trees. It may sound surprising that something as mundane and ubiquitous as trees should deserve their own holiday among dates as lofty as the Day of Atonement and the Festival of the Pentecost… but nevertheless, […]