The topic for this week is the holiday of Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot or New Year for Animals. The holiday falls on the first of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah and this year begins the evening of August 31. In Temple times this holiday marked the start date for animal tithes. Sound familiar? Tu B’Shevat, or New Year for Trees, marked the start date for tithing the produce of trees. Modern Judaism has made Tu B’Shevat an environmental holiday. Is it time to make Rosh Hashanah La’Behemot a holiday celebrating the animals of the world? Read more from Hazon the Jewish Lab for Sustainability
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