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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. 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 2. Tu Bishvat falls in the middle of which Hebrew month?
 Adar
 Shvat
 Tishrei
 Tammuz

 

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

 

Question 4. In modern times, which group of people used Tu Bishvat o further education about responsible stewardship of God's earth?
 Kabbalists
 Environmentalists
 Builders
 Haredim

 

Question 5. 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 6. 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 7. What type of tree is typically planted in honor of a baby boy?
 Elm
 Cypress
 Cedar
 Apple
 Oak

 

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. True or false: "Tu" is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters that represent the number 15.
 True
 False

 

Question 10. Which of these is a goal of the Jewish National Fund?
 Reforesting Israel
 Reforesting America
 Harvesting fruit from fruit trees
 Donating produce from fruit trees to the poor and homeless