Saturday, March 11, 2006

Still More Jewish Questions

42. What juxtaposition (placing of two stories next to each other) in the Torah implies that one should not drink wine as to escape from tragic realities?
43. What are the 3 ways that Chazal say you see a person’s true nature?
44. Name something that was created on each of the seven days of creation.
45. Where does Rashi say there was an upside down nun in the Torah that we don’t have in our Torahs?
46. What word would you expect to be in Kaddish that is not there?
47. If you say Baruch Atah Hashem and realize that you have no reason to say a bracha (eg. the food is spoiled or missing) what should you do?
48. If you said a whole bracha and realize you had no reason to say it (eg. no food, spoiled food, wrong food) what should you do?
49. What saying (from Shir HaShirim) reminds us that Teshuva is essentially about love?
50. What saying that some say Dovid wore on a ring, reminds us that both good and bad passes in time?
51. Why does an Israeli brand of wine have a picture of people carrying giant grapes on two beams? (it’s not just that Israel produces grapes)
52. What is the probable source of the name of the Shulchan Aruch?
53. What was the Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan better known as?
54. What peirush on Chumash wrote that he was so poor and unlucky that he if he sold shrouds people would stop dying?
55. Name a female prophet.
56. Name 6 people whose name appears in the name of a parsha.
57. What are the two types of paragraphs in an actual Torah?
58. Who was Kayin’s YOUNGEST brother?
59. What in the Torah indicates that Kayin and Hevel were twins?
60. It was traditional in Europe to give middle names that were pseudonyms (nicknames) for the first name. Give an example of this.
61. What famous contemporary actress is named for her ancestor and has a double Jewish name of the type just mentioned?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

54.was the ibn ezra if i remember correctly. I always thought it was fascinating that the writer of such an integral part of our understanding of parshanut(commentary on the Torah) was apparantly extremely unsuccesful in his buisness endeavors. Especially bc his lack of success in other areas did not stop him from commenting strongly on his disagreements with some of the greatest rabbis of his time. The other answers ill leave to someone else. dont want to keep all the fun to myself. Brad

March 11, 2006 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Shoshana said...

Yay! I got to it before Steg.

43 - You see a person's true nature in how he handles money, anger and alcohol.

53 - The Chofetz Chaim

55 - Devorah, Hulda, Chana

March 12, 2006 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

47.say something nice about Ha-shem to finish the sentence like who created the heavens and the earth.

March 12, 2006 at 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is a sidebar to the quiz-I'm sorry for that Rabbi Neil-what anonymous said struck me and points to something very profound, but easily forgotten, particularly in American culture, including by me. This comment by Brad, just strips away any notion of our sense of success and/or sense of 'value' being based on external measures. To hear this anecdote about one of the Torah giants was a powerful way, (for some reason the visual impact in imagining this scenario went directly into me), of highlighting what is superfluous from what is of true value. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from this peek into Ibn Ezra's psyche.

March 12, 2006 at 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so agree Maayan. That is true perspective. If one can filter out the external non-important successes/failures in life and only focus or at least care about what is truly important - than what a better place/space we would all be in.

March 12, 2006 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

47. is incorrect. Everything else is answered right so far.

Somewhere I have my translation of that poem, I hope to post it. I very much appreciated the observations about it.

Sorry these questions merged together - they weren't that way when I posted them.

March 12, 2006 at 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

47. you say lamdeini chukecha. pasuk in tehillim to complete it.

48. Baruch shem k'vod malchuto leolam vaed. bless the name of ha-shem that you have just said in vain.

Have I redeemed myself?

March 12, 2006 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

42. nazir and sotah?
46 Hashems name
51. Because as we learn in Parshat Shlach, that the grapes were so huge, that that is how they had to be carried.
56. Noach, Yitro, Chayei Sarah, Balak, Pinchas, Korach
58. Sheit

March 12, 2006 at 1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

42. The incident with Noach and his sons when he gets drunk after the flood
54. Esther, Avigail, Sarah
60. Dov Ber

March 12, 2006 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Line breaks fixed. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help. :)

46. G-d's name is not in Kaddish, it is just referred to (shme d'kudsho).

51. I think that is from the story of the spies (m'raglim).

55. Miriam

March 12, 2006 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

44. Day 1: Light and darkness/day and night. Day 2. Heaven. Day 3: Sea, dry land, plant life. Day 4: Sun and moon. Day 5: Birds, sea creatures. Day 6: Animals, humans. Day 7: Shabbat (completion, rest).
57. Ptucha (open) and stuma (closed).
59. It mentions pregnancy only once and birth twice.

March 15, 2006 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Uri Cohen said...

42. When Hashem tells Aharon not to drink when entering the Ohel Moed. This is in Vayikra 10:8, right after Nadav and Avihu die in 10:2.

43. Shoshana is correct. It's "bekoso, bekiso, uvekaaso" (Eruvin 65b). But the Gemara adds a fourth possibility: "besachako" -- with his play/leisure/how he plays. See Rav Yitzchak Blau's interpretation at

45. At the end of Parshas Lech Lecha, in the word "Charan."

50. "Gam zeh yaavor -- this too shall pass." This folktale has been through meany Jewish and non-Jewish variations; see Also, you can order rings with the inscription from

52. Psalms 23:5: "Ta'arokh lefanai shulchan -- You prepare/spread a table for me."

55. There were seven: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chanah, Avigayil, Chuldah, and Esther (Megillah 14a).

57. Parashah petuchah and parashah setumah. For details, see

59. “R. Yosef says: Kayin and Hevel were twins, as it is written, “She conceived and bore Kayin” -- on that same occasion she bore again: “And she bore further his brother, Hevel'" (Pirkei deRabbi Eliezer, chapter 21).

60. Besides Dov Baer, some others are Shraga Feivel, Chanoch Henech, Shlomo Zalman, Tzvi Hirsch, Ze'ev Velvel, Yechiel Michel, Yitzchak Isaac, Yaakov Koppel, Yisrael Isser, and Aryeh Leib. See the 2003 discussion at Mail-Jewish ( -- scroll down to Double Names).

61. I would guess Sarah Jessica Parker. One of the double name sets is Sara Yiska, since Yiska is the same person as Sara according to the midrash.

March 15, 2006 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

42 is about Nazir/Sotah not Noach and sons or Aharon and his sons (while these are relevant, the idea of not escaping via wine is mentioned by the medrash specifically regarding the
juxtaposition of nazir/sotah)
43 Nice team work, Shoshana and Uri
44 was done beautifully
45 Amazing Uri
46 is right
gg redeemed her(him?)self with
47 and 48.
49. Ani LeDodi VeDodi Li
50 Yes, I first read of this in Ethics From Sinai
51 is right
52 Uri's answer is nice. But I was thinking that it's based on the Rashi on Ve'Eileh HaMishpatim ASHER TASIM LIFNEIHEM - that you must present the laws "KeShulchan Aruch," like a set table.
53 and 4 were done right a while ago
55 the whole list has been provided correctly, with the source
56 ditto, well done
57 yes
58 ditto
59 yes, the medrash points this out.
60 Many good examples were given for this
61. Last year Menachem Daum made a special visit to my all boys sophmore class (first time in this co-ed school as far as I know. Not my call). They weren't that curious about reviatalizing Jewish-Non-Jewish relations in contemporary Poland. But when he mentioned that Sarah Jessica Parker narated his first film (A Life Apart) they got interested. So he shared this inside info tidbit about her name. Well done Uri!

March 15, 2006 at 9:51 PM  

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