Purim QuizPurim is the most carnivalesque Jewish holiday. It is a day when norms are subverted and reversed to commemorate the reversal of fortune recorded in the Book of Esther. How much do you know about Purim?
Question 1. True or False: During Megillah reading, it is customary for the congregation to drown out the name of Ahasuerus by making noise.
Question 2. In a leap year, what is the additional month in the Jewish calendar called?
Question 3. Who is not mentioned in the Book of Esther
Question 4. Matanot la'evyonim are
Gifts to the poor
Question 5. Beans and peas are sometimes eaten on Purim because
To balance the calories in hamantaschen
Tradition teaches that Esther was a vegetarian in the king's court
It is prohibited to eat meat on Purim
Persian Jews invented falafel
Question 6. The scroll of Esther is read with
The same cantillation also used for the Torah
The same cantillation also used for the haftarah
A special cantillation specifically for Esther
The same cantillation also used for the Song of Songs and Ruth
Question 7. The Megillah scroll should be
Read while reclining in a seated position, to show that Jews were victorious and can now recline in freedom
Unrolled and folded up so it looks like a letter of dispatch
Attached on both ends to oak poles, similar to a Torah scroll
Read in the original Aramaic