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. 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 2. 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 3. True or False: At a Tu Bishvat seder it is customary to mix different kinds of wine.
Question 4. Which of the following blessings might be recited at a seder for Tu Bishvat?
Borei p'ri ha-etz
Borei p'ri ha-adamah
All of these
None of these
Question 5. 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 6. What type of tree is typically planted in honor of a baby boy?
Question 7. 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 8. True or False: The "birthday" of trees was used to help famers calculate the age of trees.
Question 9. Which of these is a popular Tu Bishvat activity in Israel?
Dancing in the streets
Reading the Book of Daniel
Sitting in the sukkah
Question 10. 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