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 BiShvat Haggadah for the total lunar eclipse!!

Tu Bishvat 2019 coincides with a total lunar eclipse visible throughout North America, about 11:40-12:40 pm EST, 8:40-9:40 pm on the west coast. Here is a wonderful resource to use for this unique Tu BiShvat, under the red moon of the lunar eclipse, or when you see the beginning of the eclipse. It includes: a stand-alone blessing for the eclipse, and a two-page Tu Bishvat haggadah that's brief and in bigger typeface and all about the moon.


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Moon's view of a lunar eclipse, NASA
Here's the first half of the lunar eclipse blessing:
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...

(The pdf also includes a sheet with all the food and smell blessings for Tu BiShvat that you can use any year at any seder.)

The two-page haggadah uses fewer words and a bigger font than a typical haggadah -- what are traditionally called Otiyot Kiddush Levanah (moon blessing letters), after the big letters used for the waxing moon blessing.

Here is the one-line blessing from the end of the lunar eclipse Tu Bishvat haggadah:

May it be the Holy One’s will that our blessings and pleasure in tasting and witnessing bring blessing to the cosmos and to the fruits, to help restore to its original strength the Tree of Life that sustains all Life.
May it be so, כן יהי רצון!

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Mini Tu BiShvat Menu

Blessing from the first published Seder ~
"The works" for Tu Bishvat ~ 3 MB ~
A simple Tu Bishvat Haggadah, 2019 ~
One-page flowchart Haggadah plus more links ~
2019 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 ~
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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