CHESHIRE — On Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m., Temple Beth David of Cheshire will hold a seder (festive meal) in celebration of the holiday of Tu B’Shevat at the synagogue, 3 Main Street, Cheshire.
The Tu B’Shevat seder is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition known as Kabbalah. High in the hills of Galilee, in the town of Safed, sixteenth-century Kabbalists infused new meaning into what had been a minor agricultural holiday by holding a special seder featuring a wide variety of fruits. Kabbalah teaches that the world was created out of divine light and splendor, but some of the vessels containing the sparks of creation were shattered. People can help to restore the divine light by engaging in tikkun olam – “healing the world” – through good deeds, meditation and prayer. The fruits at the Tu B’Shevat seder symbolize this process of restoration. The Tu B’Shevat seder also expresses our reverence for the natural world. It is a time to celebrate nature and to take action to preserve and heal the environment.
All are invited join the congregation to sample fruits, juices and wine at a beautiful and meaningful Tu B’Shevat seder. There is no charge. For further information, please call the synagogue’s office, (203) 272-0037 or visit http://www.tbdcheshire.org.