Tu B’shvat is the Jewish New Year for Trees. As the environment is changing, and the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is changing with it, we must be more aware of how this generation has the potential and the responsibility to change current practices in our society. In Deuteronomy 20:19 we learn “A human is like a tree in the field.” Just as one tree does not make a forest, one person does not make up a community. It takes all of us working together to repair the spiritual and physical damage human have inflicted upon the Earth. As we celebrate Tu B’shvat, following in the traditions of the Kabbalists in Tzfat (Safed), we must also think about our responsibility to the earth and how to begin these repairs.
Materials are provided here to help individuals, families communities, and synagogues to organize and implement a Tu B’shvat seder as a way to examine and celebrate our connection to the land of Israel and the people of Israel. It is also a way to infuse Zionist identity with a green consciousness.
Tu B’shvat is an ideal time to focus on Israel. Spring is about to emerge in Israel and forests are beginning to show a tinge of green. How better to celebrate Israel and environment than with this Tu B’shvat Seder. Download the hagaddah here. Download the leaders guide here.