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Jewish trivia quiz: Uber

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Uber founder Travis Kalanick (whose mother is Jewish, but whose own religious identity is not known) resigned as CEO of the company last week, under pressure from major shareholders following a number of scandals, including reports of sexual harassment and other workplace discrimination, intellectual property lawsuits, and controversy over […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Bette Midler

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Bette Midler won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, for her starring role as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!. Midler, who is Jewish and first performed on Broadway in 1966 as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, has had […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Shavuot & Dairy

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — It is traditional to eat dairy products, such as cheesecake and blintzes, on Shavuot. Many reasons have been cited for this custom, including which of the following? A. In the Hebrew tradition of Gematria, where the numerical value of words is considered for interpretation, chalav, meaning milk, has a value […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: The Kotel

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — President Trump arrived in Israel today and visited the Western Wall. Controversy has swirled around this visit, as Trump was not accompanied by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visited the Wall. American diplomat David Berns had said to Israeli officials inquiring about the possibility of Bibi joining […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: G.I. Joe

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Stan Weston, a licensing agent who was Jewish, passed away last week. Besides representing such people as Soupy Sales and the Kingston Trio, as well as the Dr. Kildare television show, Weston was the creator of G. I. Joe. Elliott Handler, a founder of Mattel (and also Jewish) taught Weston […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Judah P. Benjamin

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York –New Orleans is in the process of removing four memorials that are tied to the Civil War and the city’s past connections to slavery, including a statue of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. This follows other southern city and state actions, such as the removal of […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Spanish Armada

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — President Trump recently said that “We’re sending an armada” towards the Korean peninsula as a warning to the North Korean government following their recent missile testing. In fact, the so-called armada of American warships was heading in the opposite direction. The word “armada” is most often associated with the Spanish Armada […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Giraffes

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Millions of people worldwide have live-streamed April the Giraffe over the last few months awaiting the birth of her calf, which finally came this past Saturday. While rabbinic tradition says that an animal in the Bible called the “zemer” was a giraffe, this is not believed to be […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Passover customs

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Passover is a holiday filled with customs, from the dipping of greens in salt water to the chanting of the Four Questions by the youngest child. Some customs are unique to specific Jewish communities around the world. Which of the following is a real Passover seder tradition? A. The […]

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Weekly trivia quiz: Trump and Passover

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Despite Donald Trump often mentioning that he has a Jewish daughter, there is no indication that the tradition of a White House seder will continue under Trump. Trump has made the news in the past over a Passover controversy tied to the Trump brand. Which of the following […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Jews and Ireland

By Mark D. Zimmerman Is one answer correct? More than one? None? Make your guess and click on the link at the bottom to find the real answer. MELVILLE, New York — With St. Patrick’s Day having just been celebrated, we are reminded of the long history of Jews in Ireland, going back as far as […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Israeli baseball

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Israel’s ranking in the World Baseball Confederation currently stands at #41, just behind Poland and just ahead of Peru. And yet Israel has had great success in the initial rounds of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, going undefeated in their first round matches against the Netherlands, South Korea […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Republican Jewish Coalition

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — The Republican Jewish Coalition held their annual convention last week at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Among the speakers was Elliot Lauer, RJC board member and lawyer for Jonathan Pollard. In a d’var Torah which he offered to the attendees, to what did Lauer compare Donald […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Sweden and the Jews

By Mark D. Zimmerman Is one answer correct? More than one? None? Make your guess and click on the link at the bottom to find the real answer. MELVILLE, New York — Sweden is in the news, with President Trump’s false claim of a terrorist attack there recently. With a Jewish population of fewer than 20,000, there […]

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