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Jewish trivia quiz: Netanyahu and Trump

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under multiple investigations that may lead to criminal charges. Echoing Donald Trump, Netanyahu has called the charges “fake news” and the investigations “a witch hunt.” What else has Netanyahu said in the past that seems to echo Donald Trump?   A. “Will we […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Trump and golf

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Donald Trump is beginning a 17-day working vacation at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. When Barack Obama was president, Donald Trump tweeted at least 27 times in criticism of Obama for playing golf too much when he should be dealing with the country’s problems (for example: […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Kermit the Frog

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Kermit the Frog is in the headlines, with the news that longtime Kermit puppeteer and voice Steve Whitmire was fired by Disney, curent owner of the Muppets. Whitmire became the voice of Kermit when creator Jim Henson died in 1990. While Kermit has only rarely been officially voiced […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Donald Trump Jr.

By Mark D. Zimmerman   MELVILLE, New York — Donald Trump Jr. is in the headlines over a meeting he took with Russians for the purpose of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton, a meeting that was at the least politically questionable, and at worst, collusion that might be illegal. Trump Jr. was a big defender of […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Jews of India

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi just completed an official 3-day visit to Israel. The highly successful trip included agreements in the areas of technological innovation, water conservation, desalination, space technology, and more. There was also discussion about the more than 80,000 Jews who live in India, many of whom […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Mika Brzezinski

By Mark D. Zimmerman   MELVILLE, New York — MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski found herself in the middle of a media controversy last week, as President Trump attacked her and her co-host (and fiancé) Joe Scarborough in a Twitter storm that has brought much criticism of Trump for his insulting and misogynistic words. What Jewish-related controversy has […]

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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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