What do New Yorkers know about Jews & Judaism?

by Michael Sax

Are you ready? These trivia questions about Jews & Judaism put New Yorkers to the test. Follow along and see how many you can get right!

Trivia Questions

The questions start off easy, but get more difficult with each response. Or at least they appear to. One thing is for certain, and that is, it looks like she had a blast!

First off, she asked if the contestants were Jewish. Seems easy enough, right? But then the questions got trickier. Could they name a Jewish word? What would you say? One person answered “Mazel Tov.” Mazel tov is commonly used in happy times to mean “congratulations”. For example, at a wedding one would say Mazel Tov. Similarly, at a bar or bat mitzvah you would hear Mazel Tov. However, one would not hear Mazel Tov at a sad occasion.

The next question is who was the first Jewish President of the United States. At first glance it may seem simple, however this was a trick question!

The Seven Dwarfs – Jews and Judaism?

Another question involved the fabled Seven Dwarfs. The contestants had to guess which Dwarf was the “most Jewish.” Here too, there are no right or wrong answers, as none of the Dwarfs were Jewish. For your information, their names are Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful, and Sneezy.

Directions – Jews & Judaism

How good are you at telling directions? Do you know where Israel is located and can you point in the right direction. This question is fair game, yet there is a tip to help. Israel, in the Middle East, is eastwards of New York. This bit of information is critical. You then simply have to know which way is east. A great tip is that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. So in the morning, look towards the direction of the sunrise to find where east is. In the evening face opposite the sunset to find east. Another idea, which may be considered cheating (but who knows the rules of the game), would be to use your smartphone and compass to face the right direction.

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