Passover Quiz Show 2015
Istanbul is Constantinople
Cities have a way of changing their names through history. I’ll give you the name of the old cities and some of the Jewish history and you have to guess the new one.
A Jewish presence existed in this French town of Lutisha ever since the Roman period, but the community mainly consisted of isolated individuals, rather than an established community. After the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, boats filled with Jewish captives landed in Bordeaux, Arles and Lyons. Archeological finds of Jewish objects with menorahs that lit up the Temple imprinted on them date back to the first through fifth century. What is the name of this modern French city? Paris
Jews were living in this English colonial village of North Hampton Town since before the arrival of William Penn. It’s first synagogue named Agudas Achim, however, was not established until the name of city changed shortly before the Civil War period. As America grew powerful, a native businessman named Andrew Carnegie established a steel factory there. The new name was adopted after the town’s founder Chief Justice William Allen. What is the name of this town? Allen Town, PA .
The first Jewish presence in Kirat Arba goes back, all the way back to Abraham. He came here after his tiff with Lot, and settled under some large trees in the town’s center called Mamre. Later Abraham purchased a burial plot here from a Hittite named Ephron. After the First Temple was destroyed, the Jews were exiled and only a small group lived near the tomb. This city was one of the last places that fell to the Islamic invasion in the medieval period. And one of the last to fall to the Crusaders. Today it is known as a contentious city in Israel’s south, a site of many fights between Palestinians and Jews. What is the name of this city?. Hebron
If French colonial laws had been strictly enforced, there would be no history of Jews in 18th century Port Bajou St. John. According to the Code Noire, promulgated in 1724, Jews were excluded from this American French territory. Yet as was often the case with American colonies of European nations, colonists were more focused on developing trade in the region than following the strictures of royal courts thousands of miles away. From the colonists’ perspective, Jews had useful experience and connections in shipping and commerce. So when Isaac Monsanto and his business partner Manuel de Britto, two Sephardic Jews, arrived at mouth of the Mississippi River from Curacao in 1757, they faced few if any legal restrictions as they built a successful trading business. Monsanto sued in the colonial court, bought and sold property, and even worked as a court translator. Six of his siblings soon joined Isaac. This thriving city now boasts many Jewish congregations and even a kosher butcher who calls himself the “Kosher Cajun” - What is the name of this American City? New Orleans
The first Jewish first Jewish resident in this town once known as Shakomackson, was named Jonas Aaron. His name appears in 1703 ("American Historical Register," April, 1895). Isaac Miranda, the first Jew in the English colonies to hold a judicial position, owned property in the town at an early date; he arrived in 1710 and at once engaged in trade with the Indians. William Penn renamed Shakomackson as way of showing that the Americans could aspire to love each other in harmony. What is the name of this city? Philadelphia
Jews arrived to Luden in 1070 under the reign of William I. This island nation took in the Jews in the hopes that they would improve the economy. While Jews thrived for a time, the political winds turned against them, and under King Edward I, Jews were expelled in 1290. After the Jews have returned, they began to occupy a large swath of this city’s Northern environs. As the famed author J.K. Rowling wrote, Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, was a Jewish Wizard from this city. What is the city? London.
This beurtiful city rests atop the mountains of Judea and has been called by nearly 72 different names! It was at one time either a jebusite fortress, a mountain altar, a regional trade center, and the seat of the Kingdom of United Israel. It has been said that this city holds the keys to the universe, and that God has given ten blessings to it and ten blessings to the rest of the world. It’s names include Moriah (Gen. 22) Yevus (Jud. 19:10)City of David (2Sam 5:7-10) Naveh Tzedek “Oasis of Justice", (Jeremiah 31:22.), kiryat melekh rav Psalm 48:2. polis megalou basileos (city of the great king) Matthew 5:35. Aeilla Capitolina, Al-Quds. It is the subject of bards and song, poems and sonnets. Today it is a business and intellectual center with coffee shops and cafes, universities and museums. Anyone visiting will recognize it by the ubiquitous limestone that covers its buildings, and the diversity of Jews who walk its streets. It is known today by its most famous and most sacred name, mentioned over 669 times in the Bible. What is the name of this city?. Jerusalem
Passover Broadway Mashup
Let’s take two of our favorite things and mash them up together! I’ll tell you the story of a Broadway play that has a Passover twist. You then name the play’s Passover-themed title.
Here’s a whimsical story of two youthful roommates attending university. When they attend the local hillel house for Passover, one of the became the star of the show as she so eagerly sought the approval of the rabbi. Seeing these shenanigans the other child becomes green anger and storms out with her pet monkeys. Songs like, “Moses and I” “Defying Pharaoh”, and “What is all of this to you?” became soaring hits.
Jonathan Larson’s Bohemian exploration of a group of friends living in a downtown loftwhen, on the eve of Passover, they hope of making it big, by decorating their apartment with yards of fabric and junk from the Oriental Trading Company. They quickly realize that life isn’t so easy and are let down by bland taste of Gefilte fish. It’s breakout song, “5775 Years of Creation” swept up the charts. The play get’s it’s name from iconic pad they create for their seder.
Two young men endeavor to change the world by teaching a tribe of villagers the way of their God. But after zany antics and a bit of slapstick irreverent humor the two become a priest and prophet to these villager. They then lead the tribe to freedom and prosperity by establishing a religion.
The Book of Exodus
The Worst Pickup Lines in the Bible
Simple. Who said it?
You’re on fire, but you’re not burning, just like that bush I once saw in the desert” Moses
Is that frog in your pocket are you just happy to see me? I know a few things about frogs. There were frogs on my head and frogs in my bed. Frogs here;frogs there; frogs were jumping everywhere. (even in my underwear - wink) Pharaoh
My brother Moses, told us we all have to share that paschal lamb. So, ya’know, do you want to eat dinner at your place or mine? Aaron
Listen buddy, just because I’m known for a little song and dance, doesn’t mean you can come over here and shake my tumbrel any time you like it. Miriam
Hey Baby, one kiss from me and you’ll never kiss another another person again...never, ever again… Angel of Death.
Wait! Wait! Tell Me Another!
Based on the popular radio show, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell me, here are a series of stories related to Passover. You have to guess which one is true!
1)In an effort once again to capture the Jewish Vote, both Republicans and Democrats have been out doing each other by ratcheting up the religious restrictions of Passover. One political analyst said, “ Passover seders are the most celebrated religious ritual, If they can’t make Israel a partisan issue, then maybe they can make Passover a partisan issue If we can show the Jews that we care more about the Exodus and not eating chametz then our opponents, then they will want to vote for our candidate.” In an effort to reach out Jews, one Democratic congressman wrapped his entire office in tin foil, saying, “I can’t allow a single crumb in my office this week.” In response, House Republicans declared that during the week of passover, all the congressional cutlery and tableware needs to be replaced with cheap paper and styrofoam. The moves were hailed by the Jewish caucus whose representative was quoted saying, “now the rest of the world knows what we have to go through every year.” (False)
2) Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated During Passover. According to the American Jewish Historical Society, many Jews were in synagogue for the holiday when news of Lincoln's assassination broke. Altars in temples were quickly draped in black and, instead of Passover melodies, the congregations chanted Yom Kippur hymns. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants. Sadly, a time that was supposed to be full of celebration became one of mourning. Rabbi Isaac M. Wise who delivered after Lincoln’s assassination, he said: "The lamented Abraham Lincoln believed himself to be bone from our bone and flesh from our flesh. He supposed himself to be a descendant of Hebrew parentage. He said so in my presence."This lead many to believe that President Lincoln had Jewish roots. (TRUE)
3) For the new season of the SyFy Network’s hit reality show Ghost Hunters they have decided to track down ancient ghost stories across the globe. This season, their dispatching crews to Mexico to hunt down the ancient Mayan ghost of King Pacal who is said to walk the streets on the Day of the Dead. They are traveling to Israel to detect if the ancient ghost of Elijah the prophet will show himself on the Night of The Passover. “We have the newest equipment and some promising leads.” The Tishbi Family, owners of Tishbi Wineries near Mt. Carmel have said that workers report feeling an eerie presence in the spring evenings and occasionally wine goes missing from their wine cellar. “We think the winery might be haunted, and thought it might be Elijah.” Jason Hawes, the lead paranormal investigator says, “ There’s one location in a field near the farmhouse, that has strange readings and a few x-ray hotspots, so we’re hopeful. Afterall Elijah is said to be related to the Tishbi family, so it all makes sense to me.”