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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. 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 2. 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 3. 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 4. 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


Question 5. 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 6. How many cups of wine are part of the Tu Bishvat Seder?


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. In modern times, which group of people used Tu Bishvat o further education about responsible stewardship of God's earth?


Question 9. Which of the following plants is often planted on Tu Bishvat so that it can be used on Passover?


Question 10. 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.