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 Israeli kids plant trees for the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat in Haifa on February 9, 2017. Tu Bishvat is also called literally "New Year of the Trees." In contemporary Israel the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day and trees are planted in celebration.

Tu Bishvat, the New Year for trees: What is it and how is it celebrated?

Shabbat candles

Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

 SO TOO should people clearly express their desires regarding end-of-life treatment.

How does Jewish law cover healthcare proxies, living wills?

By SHLOMO M. BRODY
 IT IS believed that about 22 million people from Christian backgrounds are expressing a new openness to Torah.

Parashat Beshalach: Learning to sing

THE STORY ends with the familiar Parting of the Red Sea

Parashat Beshalach: Just be strong and have courage!

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
 SEASONAL DRAWING, Ze’ev Raban, ‘Moadim.’

Tu Bishvat: Planting trees in Israel

By DAVID GEFFEN
 MANY PIOUS Jews hold a Tu Bishvat Seder, an ancient tradition upheld in Safed. Pictured: Seder in Meron, last January.

Tu Bishvat: There's Jewish tradition in trees

PROTESTERS GATHER outside the Chief Rabbinate offices in Jerusalem, against the Rabbinate’s 2016 disqualification of American rabbis’ conversions

Majority of Israeli public believes conversion process needs a change

Chief rabbis gathered to discuss reforms to the conversion and kashrut system

Kahana submits Jewish conversion reform bill to Knesset

1,200-year-old siddur dates back to first half of 9th century AD.

A trans Jew has created a nonbinary, open-source prayer book that aims to include all

By Jaz Twersky/ JTA
 Image of the virtual Chabad house.

Will Chabad enter the metaverse?

Shabbat candles

Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and US

 Illustrative.

Parashat Bo: Our story

By MOSHE TARAGIN
 NOT TAKEN into account – the people who made the mixers, bowls and ovens essential to baking the cake.

Can we reconcile science and facts with the Torah?

By AHARON E. WEXLER
‘THE SEVENTH Plague of Egypt’ (1823) by English Romantic painter John Martin

Parashat Bo: The conundrum of darkness

A LAMB bleats after separation from its mother

Parashat Bo: The victory of the poor man’s lamb

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
 RALLYING FOR Soviet Jewry in the US, Simhat Torah, 1983.

Saving Jews from persecution: The lesson from my bar mitzvah - opinion

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
 THE IRAQI Central Synagogue, nicknamed The Pyramid.

So many synagogues: Beersheba

By JACOB SOLOMON
Maghain Aboth Synagogue

A new museum tells the story of Singapore’s Jews, starting with their Baghdad roots

By Jordyn Haime/JTA
 Rabbi Benayahu Brunner

Storm sparked as Tzohar rabbi recommended to head Conversion Authority

From left to right: Yad La'Isha Rabbinical Court Advocate and Attorney Tehilla Cohen, Orly Vital, and Pnina Omer, Director of Yad La’Isha

Chained woman finally freed from marriage after near 14-year struggle

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