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

 

Question 3. 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 4. 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 5. 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 6. Tu Bishvat falls in the middle of which Hebrew month?
 Adar
 Shvat
 Tishrei
 Tammuz

 

Question 7. 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 8. Proverbs says, "She is a tree of life to them that grasp her, and all who hold onto her are____."
 Well compensated
 Shaded from evil
 Happy
 Stress-free

 

Question 9. True or False: The "birthday" of trees was used to help famers calculate the age of trees.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Which of the following is NOT one of the biblical “seven species” with which the Land of Israel was blessed?
 Dates
 Figs
 Carob
 Wheat