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Old 01-18-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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There are lots of myths out there about Judaism.

Can you tell truth from fiction?

Myth or Fact Quiz
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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There are lots of myths out there about Judaism.

Can you tell truth from fiction?

Myth or Fact Quiz
Fun Quiz. I got 6 out of 9. I thought they were all myths.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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Questions: what is "the birthday of the trees," and during which holiday are Jews commanded to get drunk? I got 7 out of 9. Also, it is good to know that there are no horned, gentile-blood drinking Jews. This had never been a large concern, but you know, gotta watch out for them horned, gentile-blood drinking people. You can never be too careful.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Fun Quiz. I got 6 out of 9. I thought they were all myths.
Me too.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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I guessed that Jews did indeed celebrate the "birthday of the trees," but that was more because it seemed to be one of the suspiciously less ridiculous questions than due to any knowledge about what that means.
From last year: http://www.city-data.com/forum/relig...tu-bshvat.html

This year the one-day rabbinic Jewish Festival of Tu B'Shvat will begin at sundown on Tuesday, February 7 on the civil calendar.


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What is the significance of buying of the firstborn baby boy from a Jewish priest thirty days after birth?
See Pidyon ha-Ben: Redemption of the First Born


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Also, during which holiday are Jews commanded to get drunk?
Purim (PU-rim, PAWR-im).

The word "Purim" means "lots" and refers to the lottery that the evil Haman (HAH-men), the Persian Prime Minister, used to choose the date for the massacre of the Jews in the 5th Century BCE, which then, because of the intercession by Hadassah (Esther), became the date Haman, and not a single Jew, was hung. The events take place in the Persian capitol of Shushan. Today, that area is the Iranian city of Susa, located southwest of Teheran, near the Iran/Iraq border.

Purim is the second time in the year (the first being Simchat Torah) when Jewish adults are encouraged to celebrate in the Irish manner. Well, actually, the Irish would love to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Jewish manner.

The custom is for Jewish adults to take a goodly drink (and here I share the Hassidic love of bourbon, my favorite being Rebel Yell, which is generally unavailable north of the Mason-Dixon line) every time the name of Haman, the evil one, is mentioned when the Megillah (m'-GILL-uh) Hadassah (Book of Esther) is read from the Bima (the raised platform in the front of the sanctuary in the synagogue) until one can not distinguish between the name Haman and the name Mordecai. (The actual Talmudic instruction is that "a person is required to drink until he cannot tell the difference between 'cursed be Haman' and 'blessed be Mordecai'", though opinions differ as to exactly how drunk that is.)

This year the one-day rabbinic Jewish Festival of Purim will begin at sundown on Wednesday, March 7 on the civil calendar.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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You answered 7 questions out of 9 correctly.

Question 7. Jews buy firstborn baby boys from Jewish priests thirty days after they are born.
Correct Answer: Fact
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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Default RE: misconceptions about Judaism quiz

I don't think it is correct to say that firstborn baby boys are "bought" from the priests. Better to say they are redeemed from serving in a priestly capacity, which the tribe of Levi was assigned to do instead of the firstborn males.
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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Is that quiz for real? I stopped after the first two questions: "Is Matzah made out of Gentile blood?" and "Do Jews have horns?"

I was expecting a quiz on myths concerning Judaism, not myths that older christians had about Jews....
If the website is trying to "educate" people who might otherwise believe these myths, then I think it has missed it's mark by a long span of time. Maybe I don't hang out with the wrong crowd, but I have never met a single person who really believed those first two myths. I see, now looking above at the posts, that Clintone shares the same thoughts on the lack of people on the lookout for horned, gentile killers.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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I got 7 out of 9, got hung up on the birthday of trees...interesting, and the whole one day of drinking, which was explained well above, and now, I think I remember reading that somewhere.
The rest were pretty much no brainers, esp. the horns an blood question...I mean really!?!
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Fun Quiz. I got 6 out of 9. I thought they were all myths.
Same here! I thought they all sounded pretty ridiculous, although Walter once posted that he actually once met somebody who thought Jews had horns, lol.

Didn't know about the trees, the thirty days for baby boys, or getting drunk.
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