Generally, we expect all questions here to be written from the point-of-view of genuine curiosity, and we expect all answers to be genuine attempts to provide real information and analysis that directly addresses the question.

However, the community has indicated that, if regulated carefully, Purim Torah - silly parodies of real Torah discussion - could be a worthy exception to this expectation. So, Purim Torah questions and their answers in kind are allowed, with the following regulations:

  • Purim Torah questions may only be posted between Rosh Chodesh Adar [Bet, if there is one] and a day or two after Purim. (In 2015, this corresponds to the period from sundown on February 18 through the evening hours of March 7.)

  • All Purim Torah questions must be tagged with exactly one tag: (or, on Meta, only and ).

  • All Purim Torah questions must include the following disclaimer code at the bottom:


    #This question is [Purim Torah]( and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the [Purim Torah policy](

  • Purim Torah answers are only permitted on Purim Torah questions, not on sincere questions.

  • After the time period specified above, all Purim Torah questions will be closed as "too localized". At the discretion of the moderators, some exceptional questions may be re-opened during future years' Purim Torah seasons.

You can not restrict questions by Time. If a purim torah question is valid during Adar, it's also valid during Tishrei. –  avi Feb 14 '12 at 7:52
@avi, what do you mean by "can not"? –  Isaac Moses Feb 14 '12 at 12:24
There is no mechanical mechanism –  avi Feb 14 '12 at 12:44
@avi, There's no mechanical mechanism for a lot of stuff we enforce. –  Isaac Moses Feb 14 '12 at 13:13
In Which time zone will we be enforcing this rule? And are you seriously suggesting that 5 minutes past some aribitrary point in time, a question that was 100% valid before, is now Not valid? This is ridiculous. –  avi Feb 14 '12 at 14:19
It won't be enforced with to-the-minute or even to-the-hour precision. As stated, that which was 100% permissible to submit before will become not permissible to submit. –  Isaac Moses Feb 14 '12 at 14:37
Rosh Chodesh Adar (I and II) is always a two day rosh chodesh. Is 30 Shevat / 30 Adar I included or excluded from play? –  Double AA Feb 22 '12 at 19:15
@DoubleAA, depends when sanhedrin announces the new month. Stay tuned. –  msh210 Feb 22 '12 at 19:43
@DoubleAA, They started in with the "Shoshanat Ya'akov" tune in my shul already this past Shabbat, at Birkat Hachodesh. I think the first day of Rosh Chodesh is fine. Note that in the post, I specified tonight at sundown as the start point for this year. Note also that as I said above, I think that we don't need to enforce the time limits with very close precision. We just want to keep this feature reasonably in check. –  Isaac Moses Feb 22 '12 at 20:11
FWIW, Joel Spolsky endorsed this policy on the SE podcast (~33:50 - 36:40). –  Isaac Moses Mar 7 '12 at 15:01
@IsaacMoses My minhag is to begin "Shoshanas Yaakov" Motzoei Shabbes Mevorchin Adar Rishon. May I post Purim Torah in Adar I too? –  NBZ Jan 29 '14 at 20:13
@NBZ In accordance with a famous ruling of R' Moshe Feinstein, you may follow your differing minhag around here, but only silently. So, you may post your Purim Torah in Adar I and delete it before anyone else reads it, then undelete in Adar II. –  Isaac Moses Jan 29 '14 at 20:18
@IsaacMoses Does 10k+ rep users' ability to see deleted content qualify as tzina halachically speaking? :-) –  NBZ Jan 29 '14 at 21:02
Can the close notice blurb be changed for these Purim Torah questions, or is a non-changeable SE blurb? –  user4523 Feb 25 '14 at 22:54
This policy was discussed again on SE podcast #55 (~44:00 - 47:30) –  Isaac Moses Feb 26 '14 at 16:08

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