Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, is a beautiful time to herald new life after a long and dormant winter. In the seventeenth century, a new custom arose to celebrate Tu Bishvat with a seder, a ceremonial meal inspired by Passover. Being a relatively new custom, there is no fixed or “correct" way to conduct a Tu Bishvat seder, and many communities have developed their own Tu Bishvat Haggadot. Though each one is different, they are typically structured around four cups of wine and involve discussion about the process of redemption and repairing the world.
- Bloom, Vine of David's new Tu Bishvat Haggadah, is inspired by the story of the early pioneers of the modern State of Israel. This seder reflects upon the dreams of a Jewish national homeland in the Promised Land throughout the centuries and its culmination with Zionism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bloom is simple and not deeply mystical. It focuses the modern return of the Jewish people to their land as a part of the broader plan of world redemption.
- PLANT, is a companion booklet that teaches everything you need to know about Tu Bishvat. In this book you will learn that the fifteenth of Shevat (Tu Bishvat) was recognized in Temple times as an important day in Temple worship; that Yeshua was aware of this day, and perhaps even taught about it; about the evolving history of its observance post-Temple; about activities and ideas about how to celebrate Tu Bishvat.
Join us, in unity with greater Judaism, in recognizing Tu Bishvat and educating the world around us in ways we can bless Israel and show her people our love from the nations.
Learn about the planting of trees during the Sabbatical (Shmita) year of 5775 in this related video: