Wednesday, January 27, 2010

does anyone actually celebrate Tu B'Shvat?

Ok, we all kind of 'celebrate' - we know the day is there because it's marked on our Jewish calendar. Maybe some of us make an effort to eat a new fruit or a fig or two, or even all of the Shivat Haminim. Apparently some people eat Etrogs on Tu B'Shvat. (but aren't those kinda spoiled by then?) I remember being given goodie bags filled with various dried fruit in elementary school - I don't know what they were thinking - most of those bags ended ended up in the garbage, because really what 7 year-old wants to eat dried apricot?  

There are always Tu B'Shvat parties to go where you can participate in a seder. But here's where my question comes in - do people actually have 'seders' at home?

12 comments:

viziter said...

Don't know about "at home", but when I lived in Berkeley, Tu B'Shvat was huge among the Jewish hippie types - communing with God's earth and all that.

Jessica said...

Haven't had a Tu B'Shvat seder yet, but I have every intention of starting that tradition... next year (we're spending shabbas at my parent's this week, so we'lll have to wait until next year to have a seder).

stam[azoid] said...

i work in a school and they sent home packets all about the tu bshevat seder and having 4 cups of wine and everything!

chava said...

We have a tu b'Shvat seder every year. To be fair, it's mostly just four cups of wine and some almonds, so it's more like a happy hour than a seder per se, but we always do it. I'm just now realizing that most people don't.

Mystery Woman said...

I don't know about a seder, but we totally celebrate it...especially when it's on Shabbos. We have a big dessert party with all kinds of fruits and fruit salads and esrog jelly...

tesyaa said...

My daughter's BD is on TBS so naturally we celebrate.

Bored Jewish Guy said...

I've never heard of a Tu B'Shvat seder before, where does that come from? Sounds cool.

Anonymous said...

It comes from silly Bal'tshuvas mixing up the 4 cups of wine of the pesach seder with the minchag of having a simple seder (aka regular meal) with different types of produce that you can say shechianu on.

Jessica said...

Can I get a communal eye roll toward what Anonymous said?

Angel said...

shame on you anon!
but seriously, I never heard of a TB seder :S, wtf likes those stuff anyway? carob?really? ewww

Heshy Fried said...

The TB seder is a kabalistic thing started in the 15th century. Many chassidim and hippie types rock it old school.

Both places I went to this shabbos had a plate of seasonal fruits, which is cool because in San Francisco everything is in season all of the time.

Moshe said...

We always have fruits for shechianu and other fresh and dried/candied fruits.