Tu Bishvat QuizTu 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. Which is not a “new year” established by the rabbis of the Talmud?
A new year for the calendar years
A new year for creating prayers
A new year for the trees
A new year for tithing animals to be given to the Temple
Question 2. 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 3. When Theodor Herzl visited Israel in 1898, he planted what kind of tree near Motza
Question 4. Which of the following blessings might be recited at a seder for Tu Bishvat?
Borei p'ri ha-etz
Borei p'ri ha-adamah
All of these
None of these
Question 5. Which of the following is NOT one of the biblical “seven species” with which the Land of Israel was blessed?
Question 6. 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 7. 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 8. According to Vayikra Rabbah the first thing the Israelites should do when they enter the land of Israel is
Pick the fruit from the trees
Plant more trees
Chop down the existing trees and plant new ones in their place
Count the trees
Question 9. According to Midrash, when did God tell people to look at the World and take care of it “for there will be no one to repair it after you”?
In the Garden of Eden
During the enslavement in Egypt
When the Israelites were about the enter the Promised Land
As the exiled Israelites returned from Babylon to build the Second Temple
Question 10. Who said eating fruits associated with Israel can symbolically release sparks of the Divine Presence inside all of us?