From The Rabbi's Desk

In the 16th century, the Kabbalists, (Jewish mystics) created a seder specifically for T'u B'shvat with songs, readings, wine and fruits. Like the Passover seder, this one uses experiential learning, four cups of wine, and special foods. Each cup of wine represents different aspects of the fruit tree and of ourselves.
The cups can represent the tree's growth from seed to sapling, to mature, fruit bearing tree. Another way to view the cups is as symbols of the kinds of relationships we can have with Nature and with each other and with God. There are the four directions, the four seasons, the four elements — all are possible interpretations.
The best way to be Jewish is to do Jewish in a way that speaks to your soul. Take a walk, plant a tree in Israel, turn off a light. Perhaps saving the earth is a way for you to do Jewish!

Shalom v'kol tuv, (Peace and all that is good,)

Rabbi Melody

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