We pride ourselves on generating and maintaining clear, high-quality, serious questions and answers about Judaism. Once a year, though, for a couple of weeks, we also go in for something a little ... different.

Purim Torah Q&A

Purim Torah, silly parodies of real Torah discussion, is a way to loosen up during the Purim season, and look at Torah concepts from a new and creative vantage point:

A man's image distorted in a fun house mirror
"Henry & The Funhouse Mirror," by mob mob, used with permission

We want to have this fun without compromising our carefully-cultivated regular Q&A, so there are some rules:

When

Post Purim Torah questions between Rosh Chodesh Adar [Bet, if there is one] and a day or two after Purim, only1.

  • 5776/2016: Sundown on March 9 through the evening hours of March 26

What

It's gotta be distinctly "Purim" (not serious), distinctly Torah, and distinctly Q&A. Purim Torah questions that don't have all three of these qualities may be closed.2

So, post sincere-looking questions (you know, the kind that invite answers) that:

  • misinterpret a real Torah concept or Jewish text

or

  • apply a distinctly Torah style (e.g. Talmudic analysis) to an irrelevant topic

Post answers in the same spirit3 as their questions, so no completely serious answers to Purim Torah questions, and no silly answers to serious (non-Purim-Torah) questions.

And (Don't skip!)

We don't want to confuse anyone, so please mark your Purim Torah questions in these two ways:

  • Apply the tag and no other tag.4

  • Paste this disclaimer, exactly as it is here, at the bottom of your question:

    ---

    #This question is [Purim Torah](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purim_Torah) and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the [Purim Torah policy](http://meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/797/).#


Moderation Stuff

  • Close5 Purim Torah questions that aren't "Purim", Torah, and questions.

  • At the end of Purim Torah season, delete all Purim Torah questions that were closed as not ""Purim", Torah, and questions."

  • At the end of the Purim Torah season, close all open Purim Torah questions 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

  • If you want an old Purim Torah question re-opened during this year's season, ask the moderators.


1. Of course, serious questions are also allowed and encouraged during this period!
2. On Meta, Purim Torah has to be about Mi Yodeya, not necessarily about Judaism itself.
3. No pun intended.
4. On Meta, apply the tags and .
5. Use "Off-topic/Other" as the reason.

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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
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@DoubleAA, depends when sanhedrin announces the new month. Stay tuned. – msh210 Feb 22 '12 at 19:43
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@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
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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
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@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
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@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: meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1811/2 – Isaac Moses Feb 25 '14 at 23:03
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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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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
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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
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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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Can we post purim torah on Purim Katan? – Samuel Manuel Feb 23 at 11:21
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For closing nonconforming PTIJ questions, use this: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not meet the requirements of the [Purim Torah policy](http://meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/797) that it "**misinterpret** a real **Torah** concept or Jewish text or apply a distinctly **Torah** style (e.g. Talmudic analysis) to an **irrelevant** topic." – Scimonster Mar 10 at 21:59
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Perhaps we need a footnote as well that reminds users that insulting people isn't funny. – Double AA Mar 11 at 15:32
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@DoubleAA or maybe "'Be nice!' still applies." deserves more than just a footnote. Would you care to try drafting an amendment as an answer here? – Isaac Moses Mar 11 at 15:39

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