Episode 50: Trees of Life
February 6, 2011

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. We are late posting this show as it is now a few weeks from the originally broadcast date on the 15th of Shvat, but at any moment this holiday can serve to remind us, daily, of the possibilities for meaningful connections with Trees, fruits, the Seasons, and the world that surrounds us.

There is a lot of work to be done reclaiming this meaningful holiday from those who have used it to justify colonialism, displacement, and erasure of Palestinian and Bedouin histories. Happily, we are able to feature many voices and texts that help us with reclamation by drawing from deep within the roots of Jewish life. Tune-in to hear a reading from Kingston author Leanne Lieberman’s new young adult novel Book of Trees; an update on displacement and resistance in the Negev; preparations and readings from our Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder; plus, other radio waves turned to branches turned to more beautiful metaphors.

radio613’s Tu Bishvat show for 5771 ends with a review of the recently published 70 Faces: Torah Poems by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. 70 Faces eloquently blends feminism and classic traditions of textual interpretation. Listen for readings from parshas B’shalach and Yitro.

Music from Eekwol ft. Mass and Flipdabird (“The Tree”) and Testament (“Generation Z”).

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Episode 12: Tu Bishvat show
February 2, 2009

radio613 celebrates the New Year of the Trees! The collective highlights Tu Bishvat’s call for spiritual revival through a deeper connection with the natural environment. The agrarian, Tanachic, and Kabbalistic origins and interpretations of the holiday are discussed in the current context of industrialization and environmental destruction.¬† A reading from¬† Wisdom of the Jewish Mystics, a trip with “The Nice Jewish Time Traveller”, an “uprooting” of Tu Bishvat’s co-optation by the JNF. And more!

Music from Joni Mitchell and Aloe Blacc.

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