KVELLER (via JTA) — “Jeopardy!” fans have been hard hit by the loss of Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on November 8 at age 80. But because the show films in advance — and Trebek kept filming until a week before his passing — the beloved longtime host is still with us until January 4 with new episodes airing on weeknights.
Just why are we writing about this iconic game show? Well, Jewish questions and guests are not exactly rare on “Jeopardy!” But on Monday night, the show had an entire category dedicated to Yiddish. The clueless contestants were clearly schvitzing — that’s “sweating” in Yiddish — and mostly stumped.
Of the five Yiddish questions, only two of the three contestants got two right. Let’s review them — read on and see how you would do!
(The answer is: What is schlock?)
(The answer is: What are schlemiel and schlemazel?)
(The answer is: What is schlep?) This one was correctly answered by contestant Ben Ring, an accountant originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mazel tov, Ben!
(The answer is: What is nosh/noshing?) And, in case you didn’t know, The Nosher is the name of a site that’s dedicated to Jewish food.
(The answer is: What is money?) Contestant and college administrator Tracy Arwari of Newport, West Virginia, got some gelt for this one. Of course we also love to eat chocolate gelt during Hanukkah!
Overall, while we found these questions absolutely delightful, longtime Jeopardy! fans voiced their frustration at the contestants’ lack of Yiddish skills on Twitter:
The lack of Yiddish knowledge of these contestants on @Jeopardy tonight is disheartening… they didn’t even get the Laverne and Shirley clue…
— Amanda Go (@manda_Lu2) December 1, 2020
My family did well with the Yiddish category on @Jeopardy tonight. The players did not. Oy vey.
— Laura Lindberg, PhD (@LauraLindberg2) December 1, 2020
Growing up in Brooklyn helped me do pretty well in the Yiddish category. Also, not one of them knew Laverne and Shirley?! #Jeopardy
— Naima Dennis (@NaimaDBTV) December 1, 2020
— roxanne (@i2oxanne) December 1, 2020
Smh at today's Jeopardy contestants and the Yiddish category
— the last ace in a lost hand (@leokitty) December 1, 2020