Tu B’Shevat Seder

On January 31st, we celebrated Tu B'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees! 

The holiday marks the season in which the trees in Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

We celebrate with a seder meal divided into four sections -- one that represents each season.

The ceremony includes:

  • a first cup of wine
  • a fruit with a hard shell but soft interior (walnuts) -- symbolizing the protection the earth provides
  • a second cup of wine
  • a soft fruit with a pit inside (apricot) -- reminding us of our spiritual strength within
  • a third cup of wine
  • a fruit that is soft throughout (grapes) -- symbolizing G-d’s omnipresence and our own inextricable ties with the earth
  • a fourth cup of wine
  • a fruit with a tough skin and sweet fruit inside (mango or banana) -- symbolizing our quest to uncover the mysteries of the world