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Hanukkah Quiz

Though initially a minor holiday, Hanukkah has become one of the paradigmatic Jewish holidays. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE, and is celebrated numerous ways. How much do you know about Hanukkah?

Question 1. The Maccabees were revolting against the ideas of


Question 2. Hanukkah is one of the Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible.


Question 3. The Maccabees and their descendants are also known as the


Question 4. The “Scroll of Antiochus”, a megillah for Hanukkah, was written in the Talmudic period in what language?


Question 5. True or False: The reason we eat latkes is because it was the food that fortified the Maccabees as they fought Antiochus.


Question 6. Who was the first-century Jewish historian wrote his account of the origins of the holiday who wrote about the events of Hanukkah?
 Flavius Josephus
 Rabbi Akiva


Question 7. Which king plays a central role in the Hanukkah story?
 King Ahasuerus
 King David
 King Antiochus IV
 King Ahab


Question 8. It has become customary for the Hanukkah menorah to have place for nine flames. Why is there a ninth candle, called the shamash?
 A "servant flame" is needed to light the other eight, keeping them from serving the pragmatic function of lighting another flame
 Because it is necessary to have one flame higher than the others, to remind us of the High Priests
 To symbolize God’s commandments, which we all should fulfill
 There is no real reason, it’s just a custom


Question 9. The military leader of the first phase of the revolt against the King in 167 BCE was
 David the Maccabee
 Judah the Maccabee
 Mattityahu the Maccabee
 Daniel the Maccabee


Question 10. When playing dreidel, if you spin and get a gimmel you should
 Put some gelt into the pot
 Skip a turn
 Get sent to jail
 Take the pot for yourself