Contestants on an episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired Wednesday night were stumped when presented with a photo of cholent.
The clue, for $400 in the “Sabbath” category: “Exodus 35:3 bans doing this on the Sabbath, hence the Jewish dish ‘cholent,’ which can go on the stove Friday and cook until Saturday lunch.”
The contestants got close with guesses of “What is cooking?” and “What is work?” but failed to name the exact melachah that Mayim Bialik, the show’s temporary host and herself an Orthodox Jew, was looking for.
In the end, Bialik explained the answer: “What is ‘lighting a fire?’ And the word ‘cholent’ is from the French ‘chaud lent,’ [meaning] ‘cooks a long time.’”
Read more at Times of Israel.