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 2016, this corresponds to the period from sundown on March 9 through the evening hours of March 26.)

  • 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 "Off-Topic," with the close comment:

    Purim Torah questions are on-topic only once a year, and will be closed after Purim. For details, see: Purim Torah policy

    At the discretion of the moderators, some exceptional questions may be re-opened during future years' Purim Torah seasons.

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
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
@GeminiMan, I think the mods can ask SE to add close reasons, but aren't meant to do it frequently. Ah, I think your idea has been discussed a bit in public and more behind the scenes: – Isaac Moses Feb 25 '14 at 23:03
This policy was discussed again on SE podcast #55 (~44:00 - 47:30) – Isaac Moses Feb 26 '14 at 16:08
I propose that all PTIJ questions have PTIJ: or Purim Torah: at the head of their title to make it clearer on the home page what they are. – Double AA Mar 3 '14 at 22:38
@DoubleAA Fine with me, FWIW, though I'd recommend against bouncing old ones just for this. Should this idea be its own meta post? – Isaac Moses Mar 4 '14 at 0:37
@DoubleAA Note that they have "purim torah in jest" at the start of the page title (in your browser window's title bar or what-have-you) once someone navigates to the page, and the tag is visible on the MY homepage (and it's the only tag on the question). (But I'm not saying you shouldn't propose your idea here on Meta.) – msh210 Mar 20 '14 at 2:20
Let's encourage good intelligent and funny Purim Torah. However, I am disappointed at the quality of some of the posts. It may be Purim, but the Torah still requires refined, respectful behavior. I think the posts should be monitored for questions that don't meet the ethical and quality standards we expect from Mi Yodeya. – LN6595 Feb 19 '15 at 23:28
@LN6595 I agree. If you have any specific suggestions, let's hear them over here, where we're discussing the issue. – Shokhet Mar 1 '15 at 4:50
How is "sundown" and "the evening hours" marking the start and end of this period calculated when the site is on UTC? – Thunderforge Mar 2 '15 at 23:32

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