A book delineating the order for a fruit meal to aid participants in celebrating the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat, the Birthday of the Trees. The eating of three types of fruits, soft throughout, those with a pit, and those with a rind symbolize the four dimensions in which we experience our lives, according to 16th-century mystics. (The world of spirit is beyond our understanding, and therefore has no fruit.) This "seder" or order of this fruit meal, opens us up to appreciation and thoughtfulness and a more mindful way to conduct ourselves in life. Featuring stunning original artwork by Rabbi Me'irah Ilinsky.
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About the Author
Rabbi Me'irah Iliinsky earned her BA degree in psychology at Antioch College, her MSW at Portland State University in Oregon, and her MA in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is among the first class to graduate from the Gamliel Institute. She has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice, a rabbi and hospital and hospice chaplain. Currently, she serves as the Community Rabbi for Rhoda Goldman Plaza and teaches the Torah Portion of the Week at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She is an artist, inspired especially by Medieval illuminated manuscripts, whose main purpose was to enhance the spirit. Her paintings serve as visual portals to sacred texts. Her artwork can be viewed on her website VersesIlluminated.com. Giclee reproductions of the paintings in this seder can also be ordered from the website.