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Celebrating the New Year of the Trees

By Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol Tu B’Shevat is the New Year of the Trees, Rosh Hashanah Haaitzim in Hebrew, or Jewish Arbor Day. Tu B’Shevat occurs in late January or early February, the eleventh Hebrew month of Shevat, this year beginning Sunday, Jan. 16 at sunset. The minor holiday of Tu B’Shevat translated means the fifteenth…

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Protecting a citrus tree from the cold

No matter where you live in the Valley or Tucson, chances are you have citrus trees in your neighborhood. Citrus is part of “Arizona’s Five C’s” along with copper, cattle, cotton and climate. Arizona’s most popular agricultural citrus include grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges. Early irrigation efforts in the 1860s, such as the reconstruction of…

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Chanukah in Review

Photo: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Rabbi Zalman Levertov and  Congressman Greg Stanton stand in front of the menorah at Biltmore Fashion Park. Photo courtesy Chabad of Arizona. Arizona Chabad centers arranged and conducted 63 public menorah lightings and celebrations across the state, attended by more than 4,150 people. In attendance were public officials and community…

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Thousands Expected to Attend Hanukkah Events in the UAE

Photo courtesy  Khaleej Times Thousands are expected to attend Hanukkah events held in the United Arab Emirates, between Sunday, November 28 – December 5. Participants hail from all over the world, including: Bahrain, Canada, Israel, Europe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South America, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. Many Emiratis…

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Hundreds of Jewish Communities Around the World to Host “Hanukkah Homecoming”

With people eager for community experiences, more than 300 congregations, JCCs, Federations, schools, camps, independent minyanim and Jewish organizations are mounting gatherings this Hanukkah marking a worldwide rededication of relational communities. Under the banner, Hanukkah Homecoming, events around the world are being held onsite and online November 28 – December 5, 2021, inviting those engaged and those…

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The Evolution of Hanukkah

By Rabbi Jeffrey Schesnol All Jewish holidays have changed over the centuries. Their histories reflect the changes in beliefs, lifestyle, and socio-economic-political circumstances of the Jewish people. Originally, Hanukkah, which means dedication, was only a Maccabean holiday to celebrate the defeat of their Seleucid overlords and reclaimed the sacred Jerusalem temple and their rededication of…

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A year full of holidays

(Note: Jewish holidays start at sunset the evening before the first day of the holiday) Hanukkah Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2021 The flames on the Hanukkiah brighten each of the eight nights of the festival of Hanukkah. The holiday celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, Jewish military leaders who rebelled against the Greek-Syrian King Antiochus, who…

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