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Jews for Judaism: The Response to an Urgent Need

The Jewish Response to Missionaries – Counter-Missionary Handbook
Foreword

For many years I have been familiar with the fine international organization, Jews for Judaism. Its founder and West Coast director, Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, has worked arduously within the Jewish community to offer counseling services and educational material to counter the arguments of missionary claims.

Trees Are Us

In the first mishnah of tractate Rosh HaShanah, the School of Hillel asserts that the “New Year” for trees is on the
15 th day of the month of Shvat. The significance of this date is to determine when the year begins for assessing
the tithes and other agricultural obligations for fruit trees. Basing themselves upon the famous Biblical passage
that “man is like the tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19), Chassidic masters suggest that this day also has a Rosh HaShanah significance for humans as well.