Seder Trivia Game, 2023 edition

At our synagogue's congregational seders for the last few years, we have played the following game: I have collected unusual Pesach stories, and shared three such stories with the community: two true stories, and one fictional story. Participants then have to guess which two stories are true and which one is false. (If you listen to Wait, wait, don't tell me, you get the idea, except that only one story is false.) You can see previous editions of this game here . This is what was presented at our congregational seder in 2022. 2 are true; one is fictional. Answers at the bottom! =================================================================== Maybe you’ve seen the news about the “great Passover Kosher chicken shortage of 2022.”  It inspired our trivia game this year:  All our three stories this year are related to unusual stories in the news about the availability, or lack of availability, of specific Passover

Looking in the mirror (Rosh HaShanah Day 2, 5783 / 2022)

Every year shortly before Rosh HaShanah, there’s an Israeli music video that I like to watch, which presents a thoughtful metaphor about our interpersonal and spiritual goals at this time of year.  The brief video set to the music of Israeli musician Evyatar Banai, shows us a young man who is carrying a full length mirror under his arm. We see that that mirror has a number of dots on it - some of which are black, and some of which are white, in neat, orderly rows.   While he is carrying this mirror through a beautiful Israeli wilderness trail, ‘e see some scenes in his life that are presented as flashbacks, and we also see how this mirror came to have all these dots painted on it. We see him talking with a friend in a way that makes a third person feel excluded. And then we see a brief scene of him, ostensibly at home, dipping his brush into a container of black paint, and painting a new black dot on the glass mirror. Then we see a scene of him visiting an elderly woman, apparently a

Awe in the new year (Rosh HaShanah Day 1, 5783/2022)

Let’s start by taking a vote on a very important issue. We are voting on the correct way to refer collectively to these days of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  Option #1 is to refer to them as the “High Holidays” - 2 words.  Option #2 is to refer to them as the “High Holy Days” - 3 words. <VOTE>  There are various ways to address this question.  You can do a Google search and you find that “High Holidays” - 2 words - has 1 million 600 thousand hits,  whereas  ‘High Holy Days’ - with 3 words - has a paltry 692,000 hits.  So the people have spoken: “High Holidays” with two words is vastly more popular than “High Holy Days” with 3 words.  And yet -- “the people” are completely wrong.  (In my humble but correct opinion.)   High Holy Days is correct - and I will show you why. The Hebrew words upon which this expression is based are Yamim Nora’im -- often translated as “Days of Awe,” because “ nora ’’ is a Hebrew word for “awe.”     Yamim is “days.”  If your preferred phase is  “High