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


Question 2. When the Temple stood, Tu Bishvat served as the day on which farmers did what?
 Cut down their trees after they reached the age of maturity
 Offered fruit to the priests as a gift of gratitude for the bounty of the land
 Planted new trees
 Rotated their fields


Question 3. How many cups of wine are part of the Tu Bishvat Seder?


Question 4. 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 5. Which of the following characters from the Talmud is associated with Tu Bishvat?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Reish Lakish
 Honi the Circlemaker


Question 6. True or False: The fifteenth of the month of Shvat is the birthday of all livestock.


Question 7. Who said eating fruits associated with Israel can symbolically release sparks of the Divine Presence inside all of us?
 Lurianic kabbalists
 Medieval scientists
 Neo-traditional cantors
 Merkavah mystics


Question 8. True or False: At a Tu Bishvat seder it is customary to mix different kinds of wine.


Question 9. 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 10. True or False: The "birthday" of trees was used to help famers calculate the age of trees.