Hanukkah QuizThough 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. When lighting Hanukkah candles one should
Always light from left to right
Always light from right to left
If youíre a righty start from the right, and if youíre a lefty, start from the left
Light from the middle going out, first left, then right
Question 2. How many blessings are said when lighting Hanukkah candles? (other than the first night)
Question 3. Which dessert from Israel is eaten at Hanukkah because it is fried in oil?
Sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts)
Atayef (cheese-filled pancakes)
Question 4. Who was the first-century Jewish historian wrote his account of the origins of the holiday who wrote about the events of Hanukkah?
Question 5. 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 6. 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 Godís commandments, which we all should fulfill
There is no real reason, itís just a custom
Question 7. Historians believe Hanukkah enjoyed a resurgence in America in modern times because
Jews makes up a majority of America
Public schools close for Hanukkah
Hanukkah falls so close to Christmas
Broadcast television featured lots of Hanukkah specials
Question 8. Hanukkah is also known as...
The Festival of Seven Days
The Festival of Lights
The Defeat of the Syrian Greeks
Judah the Maccabee
Question 9. The famous Hanukkah song written by "Peter, Paul, and Mary" is called
I Have a Little Dreidel
Light One Candle
December is the Best Month of the Year
Question 10. Hanukkah is one of the Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible.