Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Fruits for Celebrating Tu BiShvat

"When you lay siege to a city for a long time, fighting against it in order to capture it you must not destroy its trees by putting ax to them, because you can get food from them. You must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human, to come under siege by you? Deuteronomy 20:19
Description of Illustration: illustrations of olive, grapes and figs for Jewish holidays, full color, some have transparent backgrounds, text "Deuteronomy 20:19

In the Middle Ages, Tu BiShvat was celebrated with a feast of fruits in keeping with the Mishnaic description of the holiday as a "New Year." In the 16th century, the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Luria of Safed and his disciples instituted a Tu BiShvat seder in which the fruits and trees of the Land of Israel were given symbolic meaning. The main idea was that eating ten specific fruits and drinking four cups of wine in a specific order while reciting the appropriate blessings would bring human beings, and the world, closer to spiritual perfection.

Plate of ripe, red grapes
Collection of figs
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