Passover Jeopardy (2021 version) (Only 4 categories in this version because the game might start to feel long over a zoom Seder)
Category: FOODS OF THE SEDER 100: According to studies, in 2019 we ate an average of 293 of these per person. What is an egg? 200: In 1888 a Lithuanian immigrant opened the first factory of its kind in Cincinnati. What is matzah? 300: Ancient Greeks believed that this sprung from the blood of the hero Archimedes after he slayed a dragon. What is parsley? 400: In the American South, this was rubbed on foreheads to relieve headaches. What is horseradish? 500: If Ali Yeganeh, who owned a restaurant in the TV show Seinfeld prepared our Seder meal, there is one part of the Seder meal he would refuse to serve. What is soup? Bonus points: What was his catchphrase: “No soup for you!”
Category: FREEDOM (arts and music themed) 100: This documentary shows how mass incarceration policies have taken the freedom away from millions of Black people in this country. What is the documentary 13th? 200: This person won’t let her “freedom rot in hell.” Who is Beyonce? 300: Who gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.” Who is Bob Dylan? 400: The collaboration of the civil rights anthem, ‘We Shall Overcome’, happened here. What is the Highlander Center? 500: If we followed the advice of Lynyrd Skynyrd's magnum opus, none of these animals would be kept in a cage. What is freebird?
Category: THE TEN PLAGUES 100: The females of this species can lay up to 8 eggs per day. What is a fly? 200: The world record for the heaviest one of these was set in 1986, in Bangladesh, weighing 2.25 pounds. What is a hail stone? 300: In 2020 in Kenya swarms of these were so large they traveled in clouds the size of football fields. What are locusts? 400: This species sheds its skin about once a week. What is a frog? 500: If Egyptians used a hot compress they could have got ridden of this? What is a boil?
Category: PASSOVER RIDDLES: 100: God brought forth a sickness--but it is really hard to define. What is a vague plague? 200: The briss had to be postponed because he was afflicted by plague number 7. What is the mohel’s boil. 300: That toned bone on the Seder plate must do a lot of these. What is Shank plank? 400: How long until we get to eat? I don’t want to sing the four questions. Do we have to do the second night? How would you describe this person? What is a Seder hater? 500: If he only had this garden implement when god burned the bush. What is Moses’ hoses.’
Passover Jeopardy (2020 version) (Only 4 categories in this version because the game might start to feel long over a zoom Seder)
Category: BASIC PASSOVER FACTS 100: This number is featured throughout the Seder. What is four? 200: The salt water in which we dip our parsley reminds us of this bodily secretion. What are tears? 300: This country hosts the world's largest seder. Where is Katmandu? 400: In 2010 the current world record of 426 pounds was set for the largest one of this Passover staple. What is matzah balls? 500: During Passover, the Coca-Cola bottling company of New York uses this instead of corn syrup to make coke for observant Jews. What is sugar?
Category: THE PLAGUE OF DONALD TRUMP 100: During the 2016 Republican primary, Trump, referring to a debate moderator, said you could see this coming out of her eyes, coming out of her wherever.” What is blood? 200: As part of his immigration policy, Trump separated children from their parents at this location. Where is the US/Mexican border? 300: In 2018 Trump ordered the shutdown of this National Security unit? What is global health Unit (including Pandemic response team)? 400: After a unite-the-right rally in Charlotte, Virginia, Trump had this to say about the white supremacist after the rally turned violent. What is ‘“You also had some very fine people on both sides.” 500: This occurrence illuminated the combination of the Trump administration’s incompetence, cruelty, self-interest, and disbelief in science – with catastrophic implications for the world. What is the Coronavirus?
Category: PASSOVER RHYMES 100: You buy this to prepare for 8 days of Pesach. What are lotsa matzah? 200: Amphibian sandals. What are frog's clogs? 300: Adding this leafy green makes this plague healthy. What is kale hail? 400: This is the world’s best and most important seasoning to add to food. What is exalted salt? 500: God brought down some problems that caused some type of trouble in Egypt. What is a vague plague?
Category: ACTIVISTS & REBELS 100: She has a plan for that. Who is Elizabeth Warren? 200: This supreme court justice co-authored an essay on women in the Seder. Who is RBG? 300: This man awoke to injustice when he saw an overseer beating a slave. Who was Moses? 400: This man was a former slave who escaped, wrote an autobiography of his experience and became a powerful anti-slavery orator. Who is Frederick Douglas? 500: In describing his experience marching in the civil rights movement, this man said, “I prayed with my feet. “Who is Rabbi Heschel
Passover Jeopardy (The original version Ruth shared with me)
Category: SIGNS OF SPRING 100: You might use parsley, potatoes or celery for this part of the Seder. What is Karpas? 200: This ovoid object is a sign of birth. What is an egg? 300: We use this at the Seder, but in some parts of the world it gets into groundwater and kills plants. What is salt water? 400: This root vegetable, good for clearing the sinuses, can be found on your seder plate. What is horseradish? 500: This is another name for Passover. What is the Holiday of Spring or Hag Ha-Aviv? Category: PLAGUES 100: You need this inside you, but don’t want to drink it. What is blood? 200: This plague affects kids in school these days. What are lice? 300: This eighth plague is one of the few kosher insects. What are locusts? 400: Firstborn people often fast the day before Passover to remember this horrible plague. What is the slaying of the first born? 500: The first four plagues affected two peoples. Who were the Egyptians and the Israelites?
Category: MULTIPLES OF FOUR 100: One of these did not know how to ask - - but you do! Who are the four children? 200: After the Exodus, the Israelites spent this long wandering in the desert. How many are 40 years? 300: There are 4 of these in the Haggadah, but more than 4 of these in Jeopardy. What are the 4 questions? 400: According to tradition, the Israelites spent approximately this much time in Egypt. What is 400 years? 500: If this actually occurred, it happened not quite 4000 years ago. What is the Exodus? Category: WOMEN OF THE HAGGADAH 100: This girl saved her brother first, and then saved the Israelites with her well of water in the desert. Who is Miriam? 200: Her royal highness pulled Moses out of the water. Who was Pharaoh’s daughter? 300: She had this special baby, gave him away, and then became his nanny and wet nurse. Who is Yocheved - - Moses’ mother? 400: These smart women outwitted Pharoah’s order to kill all the Hebrew baby boys. Who are the midwives, Shifra and Puah? 500: Joseph had 11 brothers, but only one sister. Who was Dina? Category: ACTIVISTS AND REBELS 100: The Haggadah tells the story of thousands of Israelites rebelling. What is the Exodus? 200: This man awoke to injustice when he saw an overseer beating a slave. Who was Moses? 300: This rebellion during the Holocaust was planned for, and took place during, Passover. What is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising? 400: The Haggadah says 5 rabbis spent all night studying the Exodus story, but actually they were doing something else. What is plotting the Bar Kochba rebellion?) 500: There is a legend that the Red Sea did not split until someone name Nachshon did something very brave. What is walk into the water? Passover Jeopardy (I created this version in 2017) Category: GLOBAL WARMING (10 plague version) 100: The disease-causing chytrid fungus is deadly for which thin skinned Amphibian. Who are frogs? 200: Coral reefs around the world are dying - but the warm temperatures in this body of water is protecting its reefs from death. What is the Red Sea? 300: This process is making our water undrinkable. What is fracking? 400: Heavy rain and high temperatures have triggered an increase of their invasion in desert areas. Who are locusts? 500: There are two major classes of these - endemic and exotic. Infectious bovine tuberculosis is an example. What is cattle disease? Category: FOOD OF THE SEDER (10 plague version) 100: You might use parsley, potatoes or celery for this part of the Seder. What is Karpas? 200: This ovoid object is a sign of birth. What is an egg? 300: We use this at the Seder, but in some parts of the world it gets into groundwater and kills plants. What is salt water? 400: This root vegetable, good for clearing the sinuses, can be found on your seder plate. What is horseradish? 500: Jewish mothers never lie - if you eat this every day you will never get sick. What matzah ball soup? Category: JEWISH ACTIVISTS & REBELS 100: The Haggadah tells the story of thousands of Israelites rebelling What is the Exodus? 200: If she couldn’t dance, she didn’t want to be part of your revolution. Who is Emma Goldman? 300: This Rabbi said “I felt as if my legs were praying.” After marching in Selma. Who is Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel? 400: After the rest of their family was murdered in 1941, these brothers escaped to the forest and with a growing membership ambushed German patrols and survived the war. Who were the Bielski Partisans? 500: There is a legend that the Red Sea did not split until someone name Nachshon did something very brave. What is walk into the water? Category: BLACK LIVES MATTER 100: 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr went to Tennessee in support of these workers. Who were the Memphis Sanitation workers? 200: After escaping slavery he became a leader in the abolitionist movement. Who is Frederick Douglass? 300: No need to have a ticket to stay at these basements, cellars and hidden compartments. What was the Underground Railway? 400: Alicia Garcia, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi created the black lives matters hashtag as a call to action after the murder of an unarmed black teenager male. Who is Trayvon Martin? 500: This group played an influential role in the city rights movement – leading freedom rides and freedom summer. What is the Student Nonviolent coordinating Committee? Category: PASSOVER RHYMES 100: A disgusting river. What is the vile nile? 200: Good grape juice. What is fine wine? 300: Amphibian sandals. What are frog’s clogs? 400: Flowers for the liberators. What are Moses’s Roses? 500: Too much unleavened bread. What are lotsa matzah?
Passover Jeopardy (I created this version in 2019) Category: GLOBAL WARMING (10 plague version) 100: Without permeable skin, this amphibian is less able to adapt to new climate and is at greater risk of extinction Who are frogs? 200: Resulting from dramatic temperature shifts, a decrease in Dry Matter Intake, increased thermal stress, Reduction in thyroid hormone section and milk production, are examples of this. What is cattle disease? 300: Sea level rising, shrinking mountain glaciers, strained municipal sewer systems, etc. will create a shortage of this critical part of daily life. What is clean water? 400: An increase in this has led to warming air and warming ocean temperatures – which has led to extreme weather like floods which increases the population of mosquito and ticks. What is carbon dioxide? 500: During a House Oversight Committee hearing on global warming and national security, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used this phrase to describe Congress neglecting to address these threats. What is blood on our hands?
Category: FOOD AT THE SEDER 100: Jewish mothers never lie - if you eat this every day you will never get sick. What matzah ball soup? 200: This can be eaten as a dessert or used to wipe off the table. What is sponge cake? 300: We use this at the Seder, but in some parts of the world it gets into groundwater and kills plants. What is salt water? 400: This can grow to the size of two feet and can eliminate bad breath. What is parsley? 500: Intended to look like mud, this name derives from a Hebrew word that means clay. What is Charoset? Category: ACTIVISTS & REBELS 100: After escaping slavery, she rescued approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends. Who is Harriet Tubman? 200: He founded the Youth International Party (YIPPIE) running a pig for the 1968 Presidential race and was part of the Chicago Eight. Who is Abbie Hoffman? 300: These 3 young men were murdered when they tried to register Southern African Americans to vote during the Freedom Summer. Who is Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman? 400: The Jews in this city made a final stand against the Nazi’s. Using pistols, a few rifles, 1 machine gun and homemade bombs they held off the Nazis for 28 days – before all were killed or sent to concentration camps and the city was burned. What is the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising? 500: One of the largest public spaces in the world, student led pro-democracy protests that captured the attention of the world - were held here. What is Tiananmen square? Category: WOMEN OF THE HAGGADAH 100: This girl saved her brother first, and then saved the Israelites with her well of water in the desert. Who is Miriam? 200: Her royal highness pulled Moses out of the water. Who was Pharaoh’s daughter? 300: She gave birth to a boy, gave him away, and then became his nanny and wet nurse. Who is Yocheved - - Moses’ mother? 400: These smart women outwitted Pharoah’s order to kill all the Hebrew baby boys. Who are the midwives, Shifra and Puah? 500: Joseph had 11 brothers, but only one sister. Who was Dina? Category: PASSOVER RHYMES 100: A disgusting river. What is the vile nile? 200: The opposite of Manischewitz: What is fine wine? 300: Amphibian sandals. What are frog’s clogs? 400: The foolish child who resents Passover starts a new hashtag with these two words: What is a #SederHater 500: Inside the Egyptian ruler’s bones: What is Pharaoh’s marrow?