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


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
 Netilat yadayim
 All of these
 None of these


Question 5. 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 6. What type of tree is typically planted in honor of a baby boy?


Question 7. 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 8. True or False: The "birthday" of trees was used to help famers calculate the age of trees.


Question 9. Which of these is a popular Tu Bishvat activity in Israel?
 Dancing in the streets
 Reading the Book of Daniel
 Planting trees
 Sitting in the sukkah


Question 10. 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