The seven fruits incorporated into a challah honor Tu B’Shvat and re-engage a taste for the new fruits by elevating them with intention.
Just in time for Tu B’Shvat, Alix Wall reviews an unusual vegan cookbook dedicated to the seven species.
From the new cookbook, “The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel,” comes a creative twist on the traditional carrot-raisin salad.
From the new cookbook, “The Seven Fruits of the Land of Israel,” this delicious protein-rich spread is a great starter for shabbat or a Tu B’Shvat seder.
A dried fruit compote helps a writer connect the past with the present as she recalls her first experience with Tu B’Shvat, an eye-opening seder full of weighty significance.
From Tu B’Shvat (Jewish Arbor Day), we may develop a clearer understanding that the well being of trees is intimately connected to the well being of all creation. From the point of view of practical Jewish philosophy and everyday living, the “Tree of Life” symbolizes the wisdom of the Torah: “Man is like a tree in the field (Deut. 20:19).” By extension, there is a remarkable degree of similarity between a person’s physical development — even his/her spiritual development, and that of a tree. We, too, have roots, which are the equivalent of our spiritual selves that one can’t see, possess a trunk as the body manifested in our physical selves, and produce fruit- our children.
In Israel by late January, about halfway through the rainy season, the majority of the year’s precipitation has fallen. The sap in the trees begins to flow and the branches show the initial signs of budding. It’s at this time that Jews celebrate Tu B’Shvat (this Thursday and Friday) — known as the New Year for the tree. Since Tu B’Shvat is a minor holiday, few specific dishes were created for its celebration, but rather the practice emerged of serving dishes that highlight the flavors of local fresh fruit and nuts, which each Jewish community adapted to what was available to them.