I am familiar with a Passover seder, but what is a Tu BiShvat seder?

Answered by
Rabbi Victor S. Appell

Tu BiShvat (Hebrew for the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat) is the new year of the trees. 

The sixteenth- and seventeenth-century kabbalists (mystics) created this ritual, modeled after the Passover seder. They would gather for a multi-course meal with fruits that are associated with the Land of Israel. Commonly included foods include fruit from three different classifications: fruit with shells (oranges), fruits with pits (dates), and fruit that are entirely edible (raisins).

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