Friday, October 24, 2008

The Making of a Millionaire

I'm kvelling vicariously today.

Last month, G6 posted about her teen-aged son Joey's dream to be on the television game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

The show involves answering successive trivia questions. Each question doubles the reward, but carries the risk of losing all.

Joey is an Orthodox Jew, and is thus committed to observing Jewish Law.

He applied to the show, and, after a long wait, received an invitation to be on it. But the only date available was during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, during the time where participating would be forbidden.

Here is how he responded to the invitation.

At this point, he must have secured a Heavenly Reward that surpasses anything he could have won on that show.

But wait! There's more! Joey received a second call! The program's representative found another date.... AGAIN on a (different) Jewish holiday (Shmini Atzeret) during which work is prohibited. AGAIN, he declined.

I believe, just as in the format of the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" program, Joey just answered another question, doubling his reward.

His real payoff may be in a Realm beyond the reaches of the Blogosphere, but can you imagine how happy I was to read, that he was able to answer positively to the unprecedented third call?

Joey, when people want to know the definition of kiddush hashem, they can look to your example! May you enjoy every success!

Update, unrelated, but related, too: Interestingly enough, I just came across this: "Who wants to Be a Millionaire?" (מי כעמך ישראל?)===============================================

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Leora said...

Cool! Good luck to Joey.

A local friend is going to be on Jeopardy. She's not sure when, but the Jewish holidays are over. Something exciting about having a friend on a game show...

G6 said...

Joey thanks everybody for their good wishes!!!
Unfortunately, I cannot tell you how he did until after the show airs (shortly after Pesach), but we will definitely keep you posted.

Batya said...

Great. It's good to know that Joey knows what the real treasure is.

pahkcah02 said...

Good luck, Joey! A guy I went to high school with went on Millionaire - it was his ultimate dream come true.

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