Tu Bishvat QuizTu 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.
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
Question 6. What group of people rediscovered and popularized Tu Bishvat in the 16th century?
Rabbis studying in Germany
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?
Question 9. At a Tu Bishvat Seder which of the following are commonly served?
Question 10. Which of these is a popular Tu Bishvat activity in Israel?
Dancing in the streets
Reading the Book of Daniel
Sitting in the sukkah