The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

Tu Bish'vat

Find ideas about leading the seder, the prayer for the trees from the original seder, texts to learn and teach at your seder, reflections on the JNF, and more.
tree of life
detail from "Vision" by Bonnie L. Sachs, 2015

These very rich resources are rooted in an ecological interpretation of Kabbalah. If you think about the Tu Bishvat seder, as we move through the four worlds, from one kind of "fruit" to the next, we reach greater and greater symbiosis. At the first level, when we eat nuts with a shell, we are destroying the seed that needs to be planted in order to feed ourselves. At the second level, fruit with a pit, we are eating the fruit and discarding the seed, so we cannot pass the seed through our bodies. At the third level, wholly edible fruit, meaning fruit with seeds small enough to swallow, we are in complete symbiosis, and we can pass the seed through our digestive tract to fertilize and nourish it. Enjoy your holy Tu Bishvat meal!

Click to read "Being Here Now: This Creation is the Divine Image" (Tikkun Winter 2017)

Haggadah for the total lunar eclipse!!

2019 Tu Bishvat coincides with a total lunar eclipse visible throughout North America. Here is an amazing haggadah that's brief and in big typeface and all about the moon. You can use it while standing under the moon watching the eclipse.

From the Lunar eclipse haggadah:

As we receive the light of the sun reflected in the face of the moon, may we receive wisdom to guide our future. May we reflect hope, so that we give strength to each other. We are a part of the Earth’s shadow, and a part of the Earth’s atmosphere, which bends the red light of the sun to illuminate the moon. When we cast our own shadow, may we still shine a gentle light to illuminate the world around us...

Blessing from the first published Tu Bish'vat Seder - original and adapted versions

From the 16/17th century seder manual, P'ri Eitz Hadar.
New! Download a pdf with modern version of this prayer, Hebrew + English!

"The works" for Tu Bishvat

Haggadot, brakhot, text study sheets, in one zip file. Updated for 2019 and including "lunar eclipse" seder. Direct download ~ 2 MB

A simple Tu Bishvat Haggadah

An all-English simple haggadah for Tu Bishvat with intro and blessings. New: all smell blessings included, symbiosis theme added

The One-page Save-the-trees flowchart Haggadah!

A flowchart haggadah on a single sheet, in three versions. Plus some quick links to other resources

A Sukkot song adapted for Tu Bishvat (Umei-ushpizin)

New! scroll to bottom to listen

A basic version of the well-loved flowchart Haggadah

An haggadah all in English with a smidgeon of Kabbalah, accessible for beginners to Kabbalah or to Jewish practices

The Ultimate Text Crunching Sheet for Tu Bish'vat

Study, for many days or for one seder, some of the great Jewish and Kabbalistic texts on fruit, trees and the earth

Earthprayers on

Ten options to use or to inspire your own

Tu Bish'vat wisdom

Three teachings about how holy eating brings blessing to all life and all creatures, submitted by Rabbi Jacob Fine

Shirat ha'asavim ~ The Song of the Grasses

A rough recording of the well-known Naomi Shemer tune

How to make a Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder

Instructions on how to run a seder, how to use the blessing from the first Tu Bishvat seder, and how to use the One-page Haggadah chart

A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English

Y'kum Purkan Lish'maya: A prayer for the earth, for use in your synagogue, minyan, or havurah; for Earth Day, Rainbow Day, Shabbat Noach, Shabbat Behar/Bechukotai, everyday

The Holy Table

Teaching from the Zohar: How is a table like a fruit tree? And how can it be a source of blessing, like a fruit tree?

The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel

Planting a tree for the future sounds like second nature, a wise investment for both Israel and the planet. But whether you think about doing this at Tu Bish'vat or during the Omer when it's really planting time, it's a little more complicated than donating to JNF...

Birkat Ha-ilanot

Once a year there is Jewish custom is to say a special blessing on flowering fruit trees. It happens in spring, especially during the Omer, but it's also a good teaching for Tu Bish'vat. You'll also find some other good tree texts here

Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar

Imagine a Jewish practice which has the purpose of restoring all the species and creatures, and all the sparks they contain, to the fullness of blessing

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Blessing from the first published Seder ~
"The works" for Tu Bishvat ~
A simple Tu Bishvat Haggadah ~
One-page flowchart Haggadah plus more links ~
The Ultimate Text Crunching Sheet for Tu Bish'vat ~
Earthprayers on ~
Shirat ha'asavim ~
How to make a Tu Bishvat Seder ~
A Prayer for the Earth – Hebrew and English ~
The Giving Tree: A Way to Honor Our Vision for Israel ~
Birkat Ha-ilanot ~
Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar ~
Are KKL-JNF the good guys? ~
Tu Bish'vat wisdom ~
Longer meditations on Pri Etz Hadar ~
Tu Bish'vat wisdom ~
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