Tu Bishvat

How to Lead a Tu Bishvat Seder

The modern seder draws on elements of its mystical predecessor.

Tu Bishvat 2023

In 2023, the "birthday of the trees" begins at sundown on Sunday, Feb. 5 and ends at sundown on Monday, Feb. 6.

Where to Find a Tu Bishvat Haggadah

Resources for hosting a Tu Bishvat seder.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, God tells Moses to have the Israelites set up camp at the Sea of Reeds, but then Pharaoh changes his mind about freeing the Israelites and chases his former slaves. With the Egyptians on the Israelites’ tail, God splits the sea and Moses leads the Israelites through it. When the Egyptians enter, God closes the waters, and the Egyptians drown. Miriam leads all the Israelite women in song and dance to celebrate. Soon after, the Israelites begin to complain about life in the desert. God provides quail and manna to feed them. The Israelites battle the Amalekites and win.

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Parashat Beshalach

Exodus 13:17 - 17:16

Judges 4:4 - 5:31

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A minor festival seemingly tailor-made for today's Jewish environmentalists.

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