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

 

Question 2. True or False: The fifteenth of the month of Shvat is the birthday of all livestock.
 True
 False

 

Question 3. True or false: "Tu" is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters that represent the number 15.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. What was the name of the kabbalistic haggadah for Tu Bishvat produced in 1753?
 The Feast of Fruits
 The Birthday of Trees
 Fruit of the Goodly Tree
 The Story of the Creation

 

Question 5. What type of tree is typically planted in honor of a baby boy?
 Elm
 Cypress
 Cedar
 Apple
 Oak

 

Question 6. What were the main elements of the ritual that the Jewish mystics of Safed developed for Tu Bishvat, modeled after the Passover seder?
 Four cups of wine were drunk and seven fruits symbolic of those of the Holy Land were eaten
 Two cups of wine were drunk and seven fruits symbolic of those of the Holy Land were eaten
 The door was opened for Elijah
 Four questions were asked relating to trees

 

Question 7. True or False: The "birthday" of trees was used to help famers calculate the age of trees.
 True
 False

 

Question 8. What occasion does Tu Bishvat mark?
 The middle of winter
 The first day of spring
 The new year for the trees
 The day the rainy season begins

 

Question 9. 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
 Schnitzel

 

Question 10. When the Temple stood, Tu Bishvat served as the day on which farmers did what?
 Cut down their trees after they reached the age of maturity
 Offered fruit to the priests as a gift of gratitude for the bounty of the land
 Planted new trees
 Rotated their fields