This ritual was created as a ritual of Lit. Intention Refers both to one’s intention when performing a mitzvah or when focusing for prayer. Kavanah also refers to specific readings to help focus one's attention prior to performing an act., intention, for the Tu Bishvat Lit. Order. The festive meal conducted on Passover night, in a specific order with specific rituals to symbolize aspects of the Exodus from Egypt. It is conducted following the haggadah, a book for this purpose. The mystics of Sefat also created a seder for Tu B'shvat, the new year of the trees.. One common thread between the Pesakh and Tu Bishvat seders is the numerological importance of the number four. At the Tu Bishvat seder we drink four cups of wine, in honor of the four seasons. There is also kabbalistic importance to the number four, in describing the four “worlds” or states of being that a human can hope to occupy: assiyah, the physical domain of action, yetzirah, the emotional domain of formation, b’riyah, the intellectual domain of creation, and atzilut, the spiritual domain of emanation. To symbolize these four domains, at the Tu Bishvat seder we enjoy four types of fruit: fruits that have a hard, inedible exterior but a soft, edible interior; fruits that have soft, edible exteriors, but hard inedible pits; fruits that are fully edible, without hard shells or pits; and fruits that aren’t edible but are fragrant and beautiful nevertheless. At the beginning of a Tu Bishvat seder, we can engage our bodies and connect to the worlds around us by mindfully considering the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air.
earth / assiyah
water / yetzirah
The seder leader passes around a small pitcher of water, a plastic basin, and a handtowel. Everyone washes their hands in silence. The seder leader reads:
:וּשְׁאַבְתֶּם־מַ֖יִם בְּשָׂשׂ֑וֹן מִמַּֽעַיְנֵ֖י הַיְשׁוּעָֽה
Ushavtem mayim be-sasson mi-mainey ha-yeshu’ah.
And you shall draw water with joy from the wells of redemption.
Everyone reads the following A blessing together:
:בְּרוּכָה אַתְּ שֶׁחִינָּה, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְותָיה וְצִוָּנוּ עַל נְטִילַת יָדַיִם
Brukhah at Shekhinah, asher kid’shanu be-mitzvoteha vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.
Blessed is the One who brings us holiness when we wash our hands.