Wishing for a Holiday? Tu B’Shevat is Coming!

If the long, cold, winter nights are getting to you, there’s a wonderful holiday coming that can add a spark to your week! It can be fun for all ages, all family configurations.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share ideas about how to weave this sweet celebration into your life — at whatever level works for you.

This one-day holiday (which occurs on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shevat) starts this year at sunset on February 7, 2012 and ends at nightfall on February 8, 201

For starters, here’s a quiz to get the wheels turning.  Enjoy!

1. Tu B’Shevat is called the Jewish New Year for what?

A. Trees

B. Farm animals

C. Torah

2. Another name for Tu B’Shevat is:

A.  Festival of Booths

B. Jewish Arbor Day

C. Winter Festival

3. What is associated with both Hanukkah and Tu B’Shevat?

A. Menorah

B. Olives

C. Figs

4. In Israel, what happens to trees starting on the 15th of Shevat?

A. The new sap starts to rise

B. Birds start building their spring nests

C. Trees die to make room for new ones

5. Which of the following ripens earliest in Israel?

A. Apple (tapuach) Almond (shkedia)

B. Orange (tapuz)

C. Almond (shkediah)

 6. What are some holiday-related activities for  Tu B’Shevat?

A. Plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund

B. Plan a Seder built around fruits and nuts from Israel

C. Drink four cups of wine (white, pink, reddish, deep red)

7. On what holiday do we not eat fruits from Israel?

A. Sukkot

B. Passover

C. Yom Kippur

So how’d you do? Here are the answers:  1A, 2B, 3B, 4A, 5C, 6A,B,C and 7C

We’ll post more ideas soon about ways to celebrate Tu B’Shevat.

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