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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.


Question 2. True or False: When describing trees that can be cut down after capturing a land, the Torah does not distinguish beween fruit-bearing and non-fruit-bearing trees.


Question 3. At a Tu Bishvat Seder which of the following are commonly served?


Question 4. 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 5. 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


Question 6. According to Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, if one is holding a tree sappling when the Messiah arrives
 Greet the Messiah before anything else
 Eat the tree sappling
 First plant the sappling, then go greet the Messiah
 Cut down all the trees you see


Question 7. True or false: "Tu" is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters that represent the number 15.


Question 8. Which of the following plants is often planted on Tu Bishvat so that it can be used on Passover?


Question 9. Which of these is NOT an element of the mystics’ Tu Bishvat seder?
 Atonement for sexual misdeeds
 Freeing those who are enslaved
 Understanding evil in the world
 Maintaining cosmic harmony


Question 10. 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