What is Tu b’Shvat?

backgroundThe New Year for Trees! Tu B’Shvat offers a unique opportunity for insight into living and personal growth. Throughout the centuries, Mystics have used the tree as a metaphor to understand God’s relationship to the spiritual and physical worlds.

In the 16th century, the Kabbalists of Tzfat compiled a Tu B’Shvat “seder,” somewhat similar to the seder for Passover. The Seder involves the eating of different fruits that correspond to different Sephirot and the Four Mystical Worlds.


  1. ed gasser says:

    even for Lutheran in Connecticut the podcasts are great!
    The Kosher podcasts were great. The explanation about why certain birds are kosher was very informative but why the difference between a cow and a camel? They needed Camels for transportation? How about one on Heven/Hell and Yarmakle?

    THanks, Ed

    • Thanks Ed,
      I think that we mentioned that there are two signs for a kosher mammal. It needs to have split hooves, and chew its cud. The camel only has one of these signs. Heaven and Hell are definitely close to the top for upcoming podcasts. Thank you for listening and we really appreciate your feedback. All the best from the Hills of Judea!

      • ed gasser says:

        thanks. you mentioned it, i was just looking to find out why. I liked the catfish example for fish as I guess most scale-less fich are scavengers, just looking to see if there was na explanatio for split-hoof versus non-split . Other than the hoof issue, why is a cow kosher and a camel not?
        I don’t see a preditor versus non-preditor like a chicken vs. a hawk.

        thanks again for a great podcast

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