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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. When Theodor Herzl visited Israel in 1898, he planted what kind of tree near Motza


Question 2. Which of these is a popular Tu Bishvat activity in Israel?
 Dancing in the streets
 Reading the Book of Daniel
 Planting trees
 Sitting in the sukkah


Question 3. Which of the following characters from the Talmud is associated with Tu Bishvat?
 Rabbi Akiva
 Reish Lakish
 Honi the Circlemaker


Question 4. 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 5. True or false: "Tu" is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters that represent the number 15.


Question 6. Which of the following is NOT one of the biblical “seven species” with which the Land of Israel was blessed?


Question 7. Tu Bishvat falls in the middle of which Hebrew month?


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 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 10. What group of people rediscovered and popularized Tu Bishvat in the 16th century?
 Rabbis studying in Germany
 Sephardic Jews