Weekly Quiz

Olympics

What did Chabad Rabbi Aryeh Edelkopf of the Jewish Community Center of Sochi bring in for the Olympic games?

A12 rabbinical interns.

B11 Torah scrolls.

C10 dozen babkas.

D9 sets of tefillin.

E8 Mitzvah Mobiles.

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Presidents’ Day

With what Jew did President George Washington correspond in 1790?

AMajor Mordecai Manuel Noah, to whom he wrote that he believes in the "rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation.”

BCharleston, South Carolina physician Dr. Jacob De La Motta, writing that "religious freedom is the most effectual anodyne against religious dissension.”

CMoses Seixas, warden of The Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, saying "May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

DNewspaper editor and diplomat Mordecai Manuel Noah, expressing his wish that "your Nation may be admitted to all Privileges of Citizens in every Country of the World.” 

EBanker Haym Salomon, chairman of the United Jewish Appeal in New York, saying "Enclosed is my donation to the Annual Campaign.”

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Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!

Why did the Beatles never perform in Israel?

AThey yielded to the pressure of the BDS movement and decided not to perform in Israel.

BBecause of their use of drugs, the "Israel Anti-Drug Authority" refused to approve their travel visa.

CThe Chief Rabbinate of Israel forbade their appearance because of their song Piggies.

DThey chose not to perform in Israel because their manager Brian Epstein was not allowed in as he was homosexual.

EThe "Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Authorization of Bringing Foreign Artists to Israel" ruled that they would be a negative influence on young Israelis.

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Super Bowl

What connection to the National Football League do siblings Gedalia and Mendel Schwartz hold?

AThey are the only Jewish siblings both playing in the NFL–Gedalia is Geoff's Hebrew name (he plays for the Minnesota Vikings) and Mendel is Mitchell's Hebrew name (he plays for the Cleveland Browns).

BThey were the heads of the marketing firm that came up with the name "Super Bowl" and chose to use roman numerals to designate the yearly event.

CThey are the proprietors of Schwartz Dogz, the vendor which holds the exclusive franchise for kosher hot dogs at this year's Super Bowl.

DIn 2009, they successfully petitioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the time of a New York Jets home game to 1pm from 4pm, as Yom Kippur fell that evening.

EWhen they were selected to participate in the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick competition, they received permission to use a football made from cow skin instead of pig skin, as they were Orthodox Jewish students at the Yeshiva of Flatbush.

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