Door Post Haste

Passover celebrates the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt. God told Moses to order the Israelites to mark their doorpost with the blood of a lamb so the Angel of Death would "pass over" their homes and not slay the first born (the tenth plague).

Korban Pesach (the Paschal Lamb) is the sacrifice that God commanded the Children of Israel to offer during the night before the Exodus from Egypt.

Finders Kippahs

Inspired by time spent with folks who were clearly better Jews than I.

Jews wear a yarmulke, or kippah, to cover their heads during prayer.

I just heard an interview with Sarah Silverman on the Howard Stern Show, and she made a similar joke about Kabbalah. But I promise I had this gag in my ShaBot database long before I heard Silverman's routine.

The Trade

If you're Jewish and going to jail, fear not. According to the Corporate Crime Reporter,
"The federal prison camp at Otisville, New York, about 70 miles from New York City, has programs for orthodox and religious Jews. It has religious furloughs where people leave the prison for religious holidays."

Haman et al.

It is customary for Jews to celebrate Purim by eating Hamentaschen, triangular fruit-filled pastries shaped like Haman's hat. Poppy seed is a popular Hamentaschen filling.

A less known detail in the Megillah, Haman also had ten sons—Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha, Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha, Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha—who were hanged along side him on the gallows that had originally been built to hang Mordechai.