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Weekly trivia quiz: Chanukah Elf on the Shelf

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Children who are celebrating Christmas have the Elf on a Shelf children’s book and toy to enjoy during the holiday season. What are two Chanukah toys which were created by children’s authors inspired by Elf on a Shelf? A. The Latke on the Yacht-ke Toy Boat and the Señora Menorah Torah.B. The Gelt […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Anti-Semitic generals

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — There are reports that General Michael Flynn may be negotiating a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as Mueller continues to investigate Russian interference in the United States election. During the campaign, Flynn received criticism when he retweeted an anti-Semitic tweet which read, “The corrupt Democratic machine will do and […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Elephants

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — The Trump administration announced that they were ending the ban on importation of elephant hunting trophies, followed the next day by a reversal of this new policy. What is a Jewish connection to elephants? A. Elephants were introduced into Italy by Hannibal, who famously crossed the Alps with 40 of […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Black Cube

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Harvey Weinstein hired the Israeli intelligence company Black Cube to try to prevent publication of stories detailing his sexual abuse of women. Black Cube operative Stella Penn Pechanac duped actress Rose McGowan using an assumed name and claiming to be a women’s rights advocate. Through this subterfuge, Pechanac was able […]

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Jewish Trivia Quiz: Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York –Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is the first Jewish major league baseball player to get a walk-off hit in a World Series game. What other member of Bregman’s family accomplished something in baseball?   A. Bregman’s father, Sam, played baseball at the University of New Mexico. In 1989, […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Fats Domino, z”l

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York –New Orleans musician Fats Domino died last week at the age of 89. Domino was called “the real King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Elvis Presley, and John Lennon said that “There wouldn’t have been a Beatles without Fats Domino.” What was the Jewish connection in Fats Domino’s life? A. […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Dickinson, Texas

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — The intersection between government and religious and/or political beliefs is in the news with growing frequency, including debates over government-mandated birth control coverage in insurance policies, and the question before the Supreme Court of whether a baker must make a wedding cake for a gay couple when that violates […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Harvey Weinstein

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York —  Jewish Hollywood mogul/film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Company last week following news reports detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Throughout his career, Weinstein has received many awards, including the GLAAD Excellence in Media Award, the Commander of the Order of the British Empire from Great […]

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Jewish Trivia quiz: After Kol Nidre

By Mark D. Zimmerman  MELVILLE, New York — In Israel, it is a common custom for young Israelis to gather on the streets after Kol Nidre for an evening of fun and flirting. Many of the teenagers can be seen wearing the traditional white of the holiday. The teens, including both secular and more religious youth, will […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Hatikvah

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — The Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem, has been in the news in recent years as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and then others, have chosen not to stand during its playing at athletic events as a political statement. Last week, President Donald Trump suggested that NFL owners should fire players […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: High Holidays shopping

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Many holidays have lost much of their original purpose and meaning as the American retail industry has ramped up its sales promotions, leading to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day sales events, Black Friday mall openings beginning during the Thursday Thanksgiving feast, and even Memorial Day mattress sales. The Jewish […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Sara Netanyahu

By Mark D. Zimmerman   MELVILLE, New York — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his family are embroiled in numerous scandals. Recent court documents show that the Prime Minister is a suspect in two investigations of “fraud, breach of trust and bribes,” with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom saying on its front page recently that his indictment is imminent. […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Kenya

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Last month, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta won reelection to a second term against opposition leader Raila Odinga. However, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that due to election irregularities, the results are nullified and a new election must be held within the next 60 days. There has been a Jewish presence in […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Jerry Lewis, z”l

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Comedian Jerry Lewis died last week at the age of 91. Lewis, who was Jewish and was born Jerome Levitch, rarely spoke of his religious beliefs, though he did say in reponse to a question about his high school years that he was “the original graffiti artist—I drew […]

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