Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekend Trivia: 12/10/2012

Which president—the first to be born in the U.S.—was the only one who didn’t speak English as his primary language?
  • Martin Van Buren, the eighth president, who was of Dutch ancestry.
Why did Jews carry spinning tops with them when they met to study the Torah during the reign of Antiochus IV in the 2nd century B.C.E.?
  • They didn’t want to be caught violating the law barring them from practicing their religion. When soldiers approached, they would hide their books and pretend to be gambling with the top—a forerunner of today’s four-sided dreidel.