Tu B’Shevat Reduction

What is the connection between Tu B’Shevat (The Jewish New Year for trees) and using what we have and only buying what we really need?  Listen to find out that and things that I do with my family to reduce my waste.

Key Takeaways To Tune In For:

  • [01:37] It wasn’t until after we moved to Israel that I fully experienced Tu B’Shvat and had a full Tu B’Shvat Seder. 
  • [02:44] When you don’t live in Israel, you don’t appreciate all the commandments from the Torah that pertain to agriculture and nature. 
  • [05:07] G-d created the world and gave it to us to take care of, but we get what we have and we do not know when it will be that those products or resources will run out. 
  • [06:30] According to Maimonides, “Land which is overexploited erodes and loses its futility. With regards to the rules against wasting whoever breaks vessels, tears clothes, destructively wastes food, or blocks a well of water, transgresses this prohibition.”
    When you waste food and waste material items- you are wasting these resources that Gd gave us.
  • [10:00] While at a client’s house, I sat down with her to help her curate THE ABSOLUTE BEST pieces of clothing she wanted to save- and so many of these items were in excellent condition and were beautifully kept. 
  • [11:04] When you spend money – if you buy the best quality clothing from ethical brands, your clothing will last longer and you will get more bang for your buck than if you spend the same amount of money from a cheaper brand (and you won’t need to replace it as often!)
  • [17:20] Our time is money, and by wasting you are sending a message to your kids that everything in life is disposable- which it is not. 
  • [24:40] Maybe it is true- buying disposable dishes saves us time on washing dishes, and maybe some of these things can save us money- but how much TIME do you save on all these things?
  • [25:40] I think that if we can learn to have less, and only have what we have (and see the value in having what we have), we can curate THE BEST collection of stuff we have to only have what we absolutely need- I think we will all be happier. 
  • [26:15] This year on Tu B’Shvat, I challenge you to find a way to look at your lives and find happiness in what you already have. 
  • [26:33] Some of the things that we do in my family to live less wasteful include: we compost, we try to buy things with the least amount of packaging, we do our laundry on colder washes, we use reusable bags, we drive a hybrid car, we use reusable cutlery and serving ware, I don’t go shopping as a hobby, we use timers for our water heater and more!
  • [29:00]  Turn tasks that you used to do on your own into family time- and make it a family experience, which can make these tasks easier to do.

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