TU B’SHVAT- Ritual

The song we’re listening to is being sung in honor of Tu B’shvat- a Jewish holiday which celebrates the renewal of trees and the coming of Spring. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by the American Museum of Natural History.

David Shneyer is a cantor who celebrates Tu B’shvat with an independent Jewish community in Bethseda, Maryland.

“During the Tu B’shvat seder we use white wine and red wine. The white wine symbolizes the dormancy that there is during the winter months. It also symbolizes the realm of the spirit. The red wine symbolizes the earth and the fertility of life. There are four parts to the seder. The first cup of wine is with the white wine and we take a drink and say a blessing. A little while later, we move to this other realm where we put a little bit of the red wine in the white wine to acknowledge another level of existence and the introduction of the earthly in combination with the with the spiritual. The third cup of wine it’s more a balance between the spiritual and the physical. And finally, the final cup of wine is entirely red; it’s really representative of our connection with the earth and the hope and the prayer that the Spring will be productive and that the trees will bear their fruits and the earth will offer what it offers.”

We’d like to hear about the way that you observe or celebrate the seasons of your year. Please call our toll-free number: 1-877 PULSE 99.

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the American Museum of Natural History. Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’m Jim Metzner.

TU B'SHVAT- Ritual

In celebration of Tu B'shvat, the dormancy of winter and rebirth of spring are symbolized by white and red wine.
Air Date:02/02/1999
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The song we're listening to is being sung in honor of Tu B'shvat- a Jewish holiday which celebrates the renewal of trees and the coming of Spring. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by the American Museum of Natural History.

David Shneyer is a cantor who celebrates Tu B'shvat with an independent Jewish community in Bethseda, Maryland.

"During the Tu B'shvat seder we use white wine and red wine. The white wine symbolizes the dormancy that there is during the winter months. It also symbolizes the realm of the spirit. The red wine symbolizes the earth and the fertility of life. There are four parts to the seder. The first cup of wine is with the white wine and we take a drink and say a blessing. A little while later, we move to this other realm where we put a little bit of the red wine in the white wine to acknowledge another level of existence and the introduction of the earthly in combination with the with the spiritual. The third cup of wine it's more a balance between the spiritual and the physical. And finally, the final cup of wine is entirely red; it's really representative of our connection with the earth and the hope and the prayer that the Spring will be productive and that the trees will bear their fruits and the earth will offer what it offers."

We'd like to hear about the way that you observe or celebrate the seasons of your year. Please call our toll-free number: 1-877 PULSE 99.

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the American Museum of Natural History. Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I'm Jim Metzner.