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Tu B’Shvat: in Judaism, teshuva is a four-step process

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Published: 25 January 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Tu B’Shvat in the Anthropocene: Teshuva with the Earth - David Krantz - Aytzim 25.01.16
Traditionally, the New Year is a time for reflection and turning over a new leaf. Why should Tu B’Shvat, the New Year for Trees, a.k.a. the Jewish Earth Day, be any different? On Rosh Hashanah we think about who we’ve wronged, and we seek teshuva, which is often translated as repentance but literally means returning — i.e., to return to the state before one sinned. Perhaps, then, it is time for us to seek teshuva with the Earth.

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