The current reigning champion of “Jeopardy!”, Jacob Silverman, wrote this article on Jewcy Magazine, in which he discusses his experience as a contestant. Silverman also picked the “10 most Jewish answers” that have been featured in America’s favorite game show.
Here they are:
December 22, 1987
Category: Films of the ’80s
Answer: In this 1983 musical Barbra Streisand disguises herself as a boy to study the Talmud
Question: What is Yentl?
April 24, 2008
Category: History of the Jewish People
Answer: 1818: The first synagogue of this branch of Judaism opens in Hamburg
Question: What is Reform?
September 10, 1984
Category: Foreign Cuisine
Answer: Jewish crepe filled with cheese
Question: What is a blintz?
October 24, 2005
Category: The Old Testament
Answer: After he went to heaven in a chariot of fire, his servant Elisha inherited his power
Question: Who is Elijah?
March 21, 2007
Category: Jewish History
Answer: Term for attacks on Jews, from the Russian for “destruction;” they started to get bad around 1881
Question: What are pogroms?
December 27, 2006
Answer: Digging in Jerusalem, Eilat Mazar believes she has found the palace of this 10th century B.C. king
Question: Who is David?
November 16, 2009
Answer: Ecclesiastes is traditionally read during this Jewish harvest festival to remind one that life is fleeting
Question: What is Sukkoth?
December 22, 1997
Category: Religious Matters
Answer: The Talmud consists of the Mishnah, the written version of Jewish oral law, & this, commentary on the Mishnah
Question: What is the Gemara?
April 23, 1987
Answer: Wintertime Jewish holiday that’s mentioned in the New Testament but not in the Jewish Bible
Question: What is Hanukkah?
March 4, 2004
Category: Celebrities’ Original Names
Answer: Seinfeld co-star Jay Greenspan
Question: Who is Jason Alexander?