A down-to-earth, ‘Avatar’ Tu B’Shevat

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Celebrating Tu B’Shevat this year on an alien moon called Pandora? Why not? As seen in “Avatar,” the 3-D, billion-dollar-grossing movie, it’s definitely a place where trees are revered. In the film, bluish people called Na’vi worship ancient trees. Here on earth, a Jewish people who have a navi or two of our own (“navi” in Hebrew means prophet) will celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for Trees, on Friday night and Saturday, Jan. 29–30, expressing in song and seder a kind of tree love as well. Why? Trees represent a commitment; planting one is just the beginning of a long-term relationship. Isn’t this a kind of love?

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Dear Rabbi Fried, If God is understood through his actions, how are we supposed to understand him in the face of the tragedy in Haiti? Marc S. Dear Marc, If…

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Dallas Doings

Legacy residents enjoy menorah lighting The Legacy at Preston Hollow, a family service-oriented community, celebrated the recent holiday season with a traditional menorah lighting ceremony. More than 100 residents, their…

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Around the Town with Rene

Kornbleet Scholar Haynes speaks at Beth-El Dr. Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C., wowed the crowd at the recent Larry Kornbleet…

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In My Mind's I

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By Harriet P. Gross It’s astounding how, as we get older, the past keeps coming back to live with us again. Not that we’re living in the past ourselves; more…

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Neshama Carlebach to perform at Congregation Shearith Israel The evening will be singable, danceable and unforgettable when the famed Neshama Carlebach is presented in concert by the Shearith Israel Music…

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In My Mind's I

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By Harriet P. Gross There’s always a collection in my inbox: items too interesting to ignore and too good to delete, but not long enough, important enough, relevant enough or…

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By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried Dear Rabbi Fried, I have a question about Leah and Dinah. When Leah heard that she was destined to marry Esau, she prayed and cried…

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