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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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.
 True
 False

 

Question 4. 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 5. When Theodor Herzl visited Israel in 1898, he planted what kind of tree near Motza
 Ceder
 Oak
 Cypress
 Elm
 Maple

 

Question 6. What group of people rediscovered and popularized Tu Bishvat in the 16th century?
 Kabbalists
 Rabbis studying in Germany
 Sephardic Jews
 Mitnagdim

 

Question 7. 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 8. What type of tree is typically planted in honor of a baby boy?
 Elm
 Cypress
 Cedar
 Apple
 Oak

 

Question 9. At a Tu Bishvat Seder which of the following are commonly served?
 Cupcakes
 Macaroons
 Nuts
 Twinkies

 

Question 10. 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