The Zionist Meaning of Tu B’Shvat

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In recent decades, the holiday of Tu B’Shvat has increasingly been celebrated as a Jewish Earth Day, marked by the celebration of nature and environmentalist activism. But is that really what Tu B’Shvat is about? In this brief conversation with Tikvah Executive Director Eric Cohen, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik takes a closer look at the origins of the day in order to illuminate the deeper meaning of Tu B’Shvat. He explains Tu B’Shvat’s proto-Zionist message and shows us how the day can serve as a chance to reconnect with our roots by forging a closer connection with the Land of Israel.

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