Tikkun for Tu B’Shevat

It is with both gratitude and delight that we are able to offer the attached Sefer Eitz Hayyim Hi, the Tikkun/Learning for Tu BeShevat for your learning pleasure.

If you enjoy what you see, please, please, please send to as many Tu BeShevat lovers as you know. If you have a mailing list, feel free to send to all who might appreciate it.

This may be the first time – to our knowledge at least – that this material has been given over in English. It includes the entire Tu BeShevat prayerbook Peri Eitz Hadar as well as most of the Jerusalem Sefardi Kabbalistic Sefer Eitz HaSadeh plus all of the Arizal and Ben Ish Hai kavannot on the various fruits. It is our sincere prayer that these learnings whet your appetite and stimulate your spiritual tastebuds to do a real Tikkun healing/repair/fixing/rectification on this New Year of the Tree.

This book has been a long time in the making, and there are many thanks to be given.

In Shevat 5755, I was zokeh to hear my first teacher in Kabbalah HaRav Ariel Bar-Tzaddok give a talk on the mystical nature of Tu BeShevat at Spertus College of Judaica. His green handouts from that day remain in my treasured possession. Two years later, my first pupit rabbi Allen Secher gave me free reign to lead a Seder at Makom Shalom. The two notable memories of that night were the tremendous snow storm and the fact that my bestest [not a mistake!] friend J.B. and I almost set off the sprinkler system when we burned myrtle incense at the end of the night! Two years later Rabbi Secher rewarded my leading of another Seder with a copy of Rabbi Yitzchak Buxbaum’s Tu BeShevat Seder. This book led me to then read everything R. Buxbaum has every published, including his monumental A Person is Like a Tree: A Sourcebook for Tu BeShevat. I also was blessed to learn from Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu BeShevat Anthology, which included the magnificent translation by Rabbi Miles Krassen of the order of Sefer Peri Eitz Hadar – the Kabbalistic Tu BeShevat Seder. That book’s binding is broken due to my frequent references over the years. I have been fortunate to be able to move on to the specialized Hebrew and Aramaic texts used on the Holy Night.

The biggest thanks goes to my beloved wife Tamar who has lovingly tolerated her husband’s fierce devotion to tikkunim, and has sat by his side as many texts were fairly clumsily translated numerous times on this special occasion. This book – it is prayed – will tremendously facilitate this process!

The main contribution of the attached Sefer Eitz Hayyim Hi is that is breaks through the "sefer-barrier" of the all-Hebrew mystical ceremonies. Here for the first time all the selections from the Holy Zohar plus the Mishnayot are translated literally. So too are all the secret meditations associated with the fruits.

We have less than 10 days to prepare for this sacred occasion. Those who subscribe to BeRahamim LeHayyim will continue to receive daily mailings from the book so that they can learn on-line in advance, thus lowering the learning curve of voluminous brand-new material on that night.

If you care to forward this book, you may wish to include our email rhayyim@gmail.com so that new readers can join our mission.

As always, your commentary is welcome and cherished.

Blessings for a Holy Night of connection and shelter under the Tree of Life,

Rahmiel Hayyim Drizin