Lower School Tu B’Shvat Special Persons’ Seder & Shuk and Upper School FieldTrip
Tu B’Shvat, the 15th day in the Jewish month of Shevat, also known as the New Year for Trees. This day marks the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
Although this day is Rosh Hashanah for trees, we attach special significance to this holiday because "Man is [compared to] the tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19). Through cultivating strong roots, our faith and commitment to G-d, we produce many fruits—Torah and Mitzvot.
Tu B’Shvat is traditionally is celebrated outdoors and plant trees and over the centuries the Kabbalists in the holy city of Safed turned the celebration into a Tu B’Shvat Seder, based on the Passover Seder. The interactive and hands-on experience is filled with wonder and insights as we learn the significance of the trees and the meaning of its fruits.
Our students will enjoy an inspiring morning that will bring forth an awareness of our responsibility to our earth and appreciation of the fruits and the importance mentioned in the Talmud as to why we need a birthday for a tree. This was the purpose of our Tu B’Shvat Special Persons’ Day. Special Persons’ Day was the start of a wonderful day. Students armed with their special person enjoyed the lesson Rabbi Billy lead.
At the conclusion of the Seder, students bid their special persons’ goodbye. The Lower School conducted a shuk. A shuk is a marketplace where vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables.