Passover Quiz 2014

Passover Quiz Show 2014

© Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas

Game of Many Thrones:   One of the many commandments we celebrate on Passover is to recline while we eat.  In the show, the throne in made of melted

  1. In ancient times the Pharaoh  would sit on this throne while the royal priest used incantations and incense to keep the kingly locks from absorbing evil spirits.  In Medieval times kings would sit atop this throne for blood-letting, hair cropping combo. Now each of us can get the royal treatment,  all we have to say is to sit on this throne and say, “just a little off the top, Mo’ “Barber’s Chair”

  2. While his minions sit lowly on the ground, this Pharaoh can relax in great splendor on this outdoor wooden chair made of 11 flat boards with armrests and a high back . Known for its invention in 1903 in the mountainous town of Westport, New York.  “Adirondack Chair”

  3. Pharaoh can grab a seat on this versatile throne, for Seinfeld said, “It’s named after a whole empire based on putting your feet up.”  “Ottoman”

  4. This Japanese throne popular with the Emperor is made of bamboo and padded with a pillowy bowl  perfect for snacking on delicacies a directing his armies to conquer the world. Now it graces the dorm rooms across the globe,  boasting the best seat in the house to snack on potato chips and command your soldiers to conquer the universe – on the xbox or Playstation.   “bowl chair or papasan”

  5. This is the last chair you’ll ever sit on.  Complete with contoured armrests, a high back, and matching leather straps. Old Sparky will sure light up your life (while bringing darkness to the rest of the neighborhood.)  “Electric Chair”

Breaking Bad (matza-style)  We all love to hate Walter White and his chemistry magic.  We also love to hate Passover food, especially when it tries to imitate food from the rest of the year.  So, let’s take a look at the ingredients from some popular Passover foods and see if you can figure out what they are!

Cake Meal, Sugar, Potato(es) Starch, Vanillin, Flavoring, Red 3, Yellow 5, Blue 1 – Passover Cereal

Sugar, Tapioca Syrup, Agar, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Natural and artificial flavors, Artificial colors, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #40, Blue #1 – Jelly Fruit Slices

Sugar, Cake Meal, Potato Starch, Partially Hydrogenated Cotton Seed Oil, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Glycerol Monooleate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Natural and Artificial Flavors – Marble Cake

Unsulfured Coconut, Potato Starch, Egg White, Sugar, Invert Sugar, Tapioca Glucose, Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate.  – Chocolate Cookie Crisps

Sephardic Style:

Sugar, (Corn Syrup in some places) Water, Cocoa, Xanthum Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Vanillin – Fox’s U Bet Sundae Syrup

Sugar, Chocolate processed with alkali, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin – an emulsifier, vanilla, corn syrup, water, Agar-Agar, Citric Acid, Artificial Raspberry flavor, FD&C 3 #40  – Manhattan Chocolate Covered Jelly Rings.


Two words describing someone who is excellent at language and speech, add an ‘h’ to second of the two words and rearrange the letters to spell and iconic Jewish company.  Semantic Whiz – Manischewitz

As soon as he was elected President, Barak Obama told his family that they are adopting a new dog, Bo.  Take a phrase that might describe this canine’s relationship with the first family, and rearrange the letters to spell the center of the Passover table.   Leaders’ pet – Seder Plate

Two words describing a conversation amongst an expert biologist, ecologist, and anthropologist at a Passover program in your local synagogue.  Rearrange these two words to find their topic of conversation. Guest Panel – Ten plagues

Passover Food Fest – Limericks!

As a boy he used to cry

Until bubbie wiped a year from his eye

But the real fixer-upper

Was what she made for supper

A mountain of hot matzo brei

My account is in the red

These prices spin my head

I had to take out a loan

Just to buy the shank bone

It was for this – from Egypt we fled?!

For some it’s broiled meat

For others a roasted beat

Whether veggie or not

We all take a shot

And say, hey! When do we eat?

Wait! Wait!  Tell Me Another!

Based on the popular radio show, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell me, here are a series of stories related to Passover. You have to guess which one is true!

  1. The World’s Largest Passover Seder Takes Place in Nepal, of All Places. Each year members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement hold their “Seder on Top of the World” in Kathmandu for Jewish locals and travelers alike (I’m gonna guess more the latter than the former). Last year they had around 2,000 people attend the festivities, and you can bet your tuchus that between the flowing wine and the thin air, it was quite the party. (TRUE)

  2. 2. Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated During Passover. According to the American Jewish Historical Society, many Jews were in synagogue for the holiday when news of Lincoln’s assassination broke. Altars in temples “were quickly draped in black and, instead of Passover melodies, the congregations chanted Yom Kippur hymns. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants.” Sadly, a time that was supposed to be full of celebration became one of mourning. (TRUE)

Old Cities that become new ones.

Lutisha – Paris  

North Hampton Town – Allen Town Home of US Steal Andrew Carnige

Port Bajou St. John – New Orleans

Hungerferd’s Tavern – Rockville MD.   Adam Spiegel born in Rockville changed his name to Spike Jones “Adaptaion, Being Jon Malkovitch”

Shakomackson  – Philelphia

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