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Tu Bishvat Quiz

Tu Bishvat, traditionally known as the birthday of the trees, is a time to think about relating to the natural world. How much do you know about Tu Bishvat?

Question 1. True or False: The fifteenth of the month of Shvat is the birthday of all livestock.


Question 2. Which of the following is NOT a historical Tu Bishvat custom?
 In Bucharia and Kurdistan, Jews ate 30 different fruits on Tu Bishvat
 In India, Jews ate 50 different fruits on Tu Bishvat
 Jews in Morocco hosted lavish feasts
 Jews in Poland created special Tu Bishvat dances


Question 3. Who said eating fruits associated with Israel can symbolically release sparks of the Divine Presence inside all of us?
 Lurianic kabbalists
 Medieval scientists
 Neo-traditional cantors
 Merkavah mystics


Question 4. On Tu Bishvat it is customary to eat
 Only foods made out of the seven species
 Foods made with any fruits
 Foods imported from Israel


Question 5. Which of the following plants is often planted on Tu Bishvat so that it can be used on Passover?


Question 6. True or false: "Tu" is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters that represent the number 15.


Question 7. Which of the following blessings might be recited at a seder for Tu Bishvat?
 Borei p'ri ha-etz
 Borei p'ri ha-adamah
 Netilat yadayim
 All of these
 None of these


Question 8. According to the Bible, how old did trees have to be before farmers could use the produce for themselves?
 Three years old
 Four years old
 Five years old
 Six years old


Question 9. According to the Bible, how old did a tree have to be in order to bring its produce to the Temple as a first-fruit offering?
 One year old
 Two years old
 Three years old
 Four years old


Question 10. True or False: At a Tu Bishvat seder it is customary to mix different kinds of wine.