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44: What is the story behind the Purimshpiel?
Traditionally, Purim has been an occa-
sion for boundless joy and merriment. As
part of the fun, the custom arose — most likely in
Europe during the Middle Ages — of performing
a humorous monologue or play.
Often, the subject matter was drawn from the
Book of Esther, though sometimes plays focused
on other biblical themes or Jewish life in gener-
al. The treatment was satirical, and even the most
serious subjects were lampooned. Frequently the
texts were in rhyme, sometimes accompanied by
In earlier times, Purimshpiels were performed
in private homes during the festive meal. Today,
they most often are presented in yeshivot.
The first recorded Purim play was in the Venice
ghetto in 1531. The first known published Purim
play was by Solomon Usque and published in
Q. Does Barney do anything Jewish?
What a stuuuuuuupendous question!
As a matter of fact, the purple guy has
made his pro-Israel views more than clear.
In one recent super-de-duper episode of "Bar-
ney & Friends," Barney made a quick visit to sev-
eral countries around the world. Among the stops
was Israel, where Barney and the kids danced
the Hora and sang "Hava Nagila."
In addition, in his video "Barney in Concert,"
Barney sings the alephbet.
No word yet on the political leanings of Baby
Bop (pictured, with Barney), but we suspect she
also is a Zionist.
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414:What is the significance of the fast on the
tenth day of Tevet? I found nothing on it in
several Jewish encyclopedias, and I asked a
rabbi but he didn't know.
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From reader M.M. in Southfield
The fast on the tenth of Tevet (the tenth
li...month on the Jewish calendar) is in
memory of the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem
in 588 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
The fast is mentioned in the Bible in H Kings 25:1-
2, Jeremiah 52:4 and Ezekiel 24:1-2. In 586 BCE,
Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem, destroyed
the Temple and carried away a major portion of
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the Jewish population (the "Babylonian captivi-
The Israeli rabbinate also has declared the
Tenth of Tevet as the yahrtzeit day of Holocaust
victims whose date of death is unknown.
Unlike a major fast like Yom Kippur, the fast
of the tenth of Tevet begins at dawn and ends at
sunset on the same day.
44: Why do some Orthodox men and boys
have long sidecurls?
Based on Leviticus 19:27,
"You shall not round the
corners of your heads," the Talmud
forbids the complete removal of hair
from the temples, the back of the ear
to the forehead. This is one of five
"corners" (peyot) of the head as de-
scribed in the Talmud. Local custom,
rather than Jewish law, has deter-
mined how long the peyot should be.
Chasidim and Yemenite Jews char-
acteristically grow their peyot long.
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