Tu B'Shvat Seder
Tu B'shvat offers the perfect Jewish student celebration: wine, food and an opportunity for creative learning and discussion!
Tu B'shvat, a minor post-biblical festival, has been newly revived and should hold much meaning for today's Jewish students. It allows for creative expressions of Judaism.
The seder meets the challenge of making the festival relevant to all. The approach is to highlight the development of the festival and draw meaning from it and relevance to our lives.
The seder itself is flexible and open enough to allow all student bodies to channel their thoughts in the direction most relevant to them. The seder is organized around the idea of a Hagadah (like at Pesach , the Tu Bishvat Hagadah was first introduced by the Kabbalists.) The seder should also be accompanied by a 'question bowl' from which students can choose topics to learn and consider.
With little effort, what can be created is an original and wonderful Jewish celebration. "Although wine can be a source of trouble in this world, in the future I shall make it only a source of joy, as it says: 'And it shall come to pass on that day that the mountains will drip with sweet wine' (Yoel 3:18)." (Midrash - Vayikra Raba 12:5)
Layout of the Seder:
The seder is divided into four sections each starting with the tasting of a particular wine and fruit. A number of different readings relating to each of the four themes is included. Within the 'question bowl', there are both general Tu B'shvat readings and discussion questions which specifically relate to the different sections. The seder to should aim for maximum participation and choice.
What you will need:
Also on the WUJS site:
The very basics on Tu B'Shvat - The New Year for Trees
Tu B'Shvat Activities
More Tu B'Shvat Resources
This year's dates for Tu B'Shvat can be found in the WUJS Year Mapper