Tu B'Shvat Seder
Space is limited for this Tu B'Shvat Seder, an interactive dining event to celebrate nature and humanity's responsibility as guardians of the Earth.
Tu B'Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, celebrated this year beginning the evening of Sunday, January 20, was identified by Talmudic sages as "The New Year for Trees" and is a unique date in the Jewish calendar. Kabbalists living in the Israeli city of Tzfat about five hundred years ago instituted the custom of a Tu B'Shvat Seder as an exploration of the Jewish perspective on nature, the physical world, and our place in it as people.
Our Tu B'Shvat Seder at Whole Foods will follow the order outlined by the Jewish mystics, the spiritual masters of Tzfat, and will include stories, teachings from the Torah and the Talmud, lively discussion, and a catered dinner that incorporates the seven species of Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates. As the mystics taught, we will consider the properties of various fruits and practice mindful eating as part of our celebration.
In the hour when the Holy One created the first person, G-d showed His creation the trees in the Garden of Eden, and said: "See My works, how fine they are; now all that I have created, I created for your benefit. Think upon this and do not corrupt and destroy My world. For if you destroy it, there is no one to restore it after you." (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7:28)