Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
The Ultimate Text Crunching Sheet for Tu Bish'vat
You'll find over thirty texts and prayers to use for your Tu Bish'vat seder, grouped according to each cup and world of the seder. You can get everything you need here, or use it as a Kabbalistic supplement to whatever haggadah you already use. It's a great resource for studying texts from ancient, medieval and pre-modern times about trees and fruit, with an emphasis on what's ecologically signifcant. Guaranteed you'll find a wow text. You'll also find texts you may work up to after some years.
The first page includes an easy midrashic text for each of the four worlds (from most manifest to most hidden), followed by half a dozen or more Kabbalah and Chasidic texts for each world. You'll also find this version of the P'ri Eits Hadar prayer:
O God, who makes, forms, creates, and emanates the highest worlds! You made the trees and grasses grow from the ground in the shape and pattern of these highest worlds. And this full moon is the beginning of Your work to renew and ripen the fruit trees, to bring forth the fruit of 'the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden'. May it be Your will that our eating and blessing and meditating on these fruits will strengthen the flow of love and blessing over the trees, to make them grow and bloom, for good life, for blessing and for peace. May all Creation return to its original strength and may we see the rainbow rejoicing in its colors. And may all the sparks of divine energy, whether scattered by our hands, or by the hands of our ancestors, or by the sin of the first human against the fruit of the tree, be returned and included in the majestic might of the Tree of Life.
I want to emphasize one part of this prayer:
May all Creation return to its original strength... And may all the sparks of divine energy, whether scattered by our hands, or by the hands of our ancestors, or by the sin of the first human against the fruit of the tree, be returned and included in the majestic might of the Tree of Life.
It's great to have fun and juicy Tu Bish'vat seders, but it's a New Year, and like Rosh Hashanah in the fall, it's a time to ask for forgiveness and to pray for healing. Nothing could be more important in this stage of our development as a species than to become profoundly conscious of the need to fix what we have torn asunder. How we pray is one of the powerful ways to get there. Please, for all our relatives in all the kingdoms and worlds, include a prayer like this in your seder, whatever else you do.
beautiful prayer, thank you
Posted by: amy karlinsky at January 15, 2011 2:30 PM
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