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Tu B’Shvat: The New Year of Trees

Take our quiz to find out how much you know about the Jewish celebration of Tu B'Shvat, also known as the New Year of Trees.

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Question 1 The Hebrew Tu B’Shvat means _____.

Tu stands for the number 15, while Shvat is the name of the Hebrew month in which the holiday falls.  

Maple leaf Rooted in the Torah When the bough breaks The fifteenth of Shvat

Question 2 Tu B’Shvat is Judaism’s New Year of Trees and is tied to what biblical practice?

Its primary function was to help people in biblical times determine which produce or fruit belonged to which year as it related to the laws of tithing. Fruit produced before the 15th of Shvat belonged to the previous year, while anything that flourished after the 15th of the month belonged to the new year.

Tithing Fasting Sacrificing Prophesying

Question 3 In which season does Tu B’Shvat fall?

Tu B’Shvat always falls in winter, though the date on the Gregorian Calendar changes. In 2017, it falls on February 11, while in 2018 Tu B’Shvat will be celebrated on January 31.  

Summer Fall Winter Spring

Question 4 According to God’s Word, when a tree is planted, its fruit for the first three years is _____.

In Leviticus 19, God’s people were given this practical advice: “When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten” (v. 23).  

Forbidden Green Ripe Rotten

Question 5 In the fourth year, what must be done with a tree’s fruit?

The next verse in Leviticus 19 says, “In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the LORD” (v. 24).

Bake a pie Eat it Give to God None of the above

Question 6 In the fifth year, God says the fruit may be eaten. His reason for making these rules is:

By laying out these rules for the fruit of their trees, God was making sure “your harvest will be increased” (Leviticus 19:25).

To increase the Israelites’ sacrifices To increase their agricultural productivity To increase the tastiness of the fruit To test the Israelites’ obedience

Question 7 One custom celebrated on Tu B’Shvat is to eat of the biblical “Seven Species.” These include which of the following:

Deuteronomy 8:8 tells us what the “Seven Species” are: “wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey.”

Grapes Figs Pomegranates All of the above

Question 8 In Israel today, Tu B’Shvat finds people all over the nation planting trees, much like what other widely known holiday in the U.S.?

While Tu B’Shvat is rooted (pun intended!) in Israel of the past, today it is still observed, and in doing so the Jewish people celebrate the wondrous gift of nature that our loving God has given us.  

Labor Day Thanksgiving Arbor Day Cinco de Mayo

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