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. 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 pic to read David Seidenberg's reflections on Art Green's review of Kabbalah and Ecology in Tikkun, Winter 2017
Haggadot, brakhot, text study sheets, in one zip file. Direct download -- 1 MB.
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?
An all-English simple haggadah for Tu Bishvat with intro.
An haggadah all in English with a smidgeon of Kabbalah, accessible for beginners to Kabbalah or to Jewish practices.
A flowchart haggadah on a single sheet, in three versions. Plus some quick links to other resources
Study, for many days or for one seder, some of the great Jewish and Kabbalistic texts on fruit, trees and the earth
A rough recording of the well-known Naomi Shemer tune
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
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
From the 16/17th century seder manual, P'ri Eitz Hadar
, based on the Kabbalah of the four worlds. The original seder calls on us to bring blessing to all creation
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...
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
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
Three teachings about how holy eating brings blessing to all life and all creatures, submitted by Jacob Fine.