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Tu B'Shvat Seder

A Tu B’Shvat Experience Dedicated to the Hostages

The Tu B’Shvat seder, modeled after the Passover seder, traditionally includes eating a variety of fruits and nuts and drinking four cups of wine of various colors and is an opportunity to celebrate the species that are unique to the land of Israel.The seder has kabbalistic roots and was first mentioned in the book Pri Etz Hadar, written in the 18th century. There is room for much creativity when planning a Tu B’shvat seder, including the choice of foods, readings, and discussions. This year, the people of Israel cannot properly celebrate the bounty of the Land of Israel, as they are both grieving for those that have fallen on and since October 7th, as well as pained by the fact that so many are being held hostage still in Gaza. This Tu B’shvat Seder has been specially adapted and dedicated to raising awareness about the Israeli hostages being held in Gaza and to move participants to advocate on their behalf. As we engage in this Seder, let us pledge to do what we can to spread its messages and do what we can to free our hostages.

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#TheWheatGrowsAgain is a 24/7 LiveStream from the Weizmann Institute that aims to raise awareness to the hostage crisis by documenting growing wheat plants in one of the Institute’s brand new greenhouses.
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Dedicate this activity in honor of

Joshi Bipin 23

Joshi is a Nepalese student who came to Israel to study agriculture. He was kidnapped from Kibbutz Alumim.

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