Tu Bishvat is a busy time for Ganei Beantown!
Tu Bishvat, the 15th of the month of Shvat, serves a legal purpose. Jewish law forbids eating the fruit of a tree in the land of Israel before it is three years old. Tu Bishvat was instituted as the day when all the trees aged a year. Early Zionists reclaimed the holiday as a celebration of the land and its agricultural abundance. Tu Bishvat is a tree’s ‘birthday,’ to mark their coming of age as a bearer of fruit. As humans, we are also full of potential and blossoming. Our celebrations this year portrayed the diversity of our community and potential to reclaim this holiday in New England.
Over Shabbat, we were a part of a Beit Midrash Limmud at Congregation Shaarei Tefillah on the topic of “From Mindful Appreciation to Environmental and Social Activism.” As a lead up to the Boston Jewish Food Conference, we considered the specialization of our food system, the mindfulness and appreciation in our eating habits, and how it might move us forward.
On Sunday, we ran programming both at Temple Beth Zion and BJEP (Boston-are Jewish Education Program). Our theme for both programs was Mapping our Food Miles and figuring out how far our potluck dishes had travelled to get to our meal. These separate programs included hearing from folks who were in Paris at the climate talks, a seder, yummy potluck dishes, stories, seed art and worksheets to track our dishes travels.
We had a sweet Interfaith Food Justice seder at the Moishe Kavod House on Wednesday evening. We learned about and ate the Shiv’at HaMinim (Seven Species). As we got to know each other, we shared our work, our potential, and the hard pit inside that holds us back. We drank grape juice from shades of white to red and celebrated our work of tikkun (repair) in the world.
Thanks so much for joining us!