'Jeopardy!' just had a Yiddish category and we're kvelling


December 18, 2020

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Alek Trebek

"Jeopardy!" fans have been hard hit by the loss of Alex Trebek, who died of cancer on Nov. 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 Dec. 25.

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, Nov. 30, 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 questi...

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