Tu B’shvat Seder

Background on the Tu B’Shvat Seder

In the 16th century, Sephardic Kabbalists [mystics] invigorated the holiday by composing a Tu B’Shvat seder, based upon the Pesach seder. (The Sephardic Jews originated from Spain). The Sephardic seder did not catch on among Ashkenazic Jews.

The Tu B’Shvat seder is loosely based on the Pesach seder. In particular, just like the Pesach [Passover] seder, there are four glasses of wine drunk during the seder. At the Tu B’Shvat seder, however, the color of the wine in each glass is varied. The first cup is all white wine; the second is mostly white mixed with some red; the third is mostly red mixed with some white; and the fourth is all red wine. Some substitute blush and rose for the middle two cups of wine as these are “mixed” colors already.

There are several variations on the seder for Tu B’Shvat, these vary according to tradition. The seder that we present is a combination of many of these and is an example.

What you need for the Tu B’Shvat Seder

4 Glasses of wine or grape juice

white wine

  • White Wine or Grape Juice

blush wine

  • Blush Wine (white zinfandel) or Grape Juice

rose wine

  • Rose Wine (cabernet blanc or zinfandel) or Grape Juice

Red wine

  • Red Wine (cabernet sauvignon, Bordeaux or burgundy) or Grape Juice

15 kinds of fruits from Israel

Fruit with a hard outer shell

Fruit with an inner pit

Fruit with an outer shell and inner pit

Fruit that is entirely edible

Other things for your seder

If the gathering is small you can have a large center plate with all of the 15 different kinds of fruits, if it is large you may want to have individual plates for each person.

Click here to see the Haggadah for Tu B’Shvat