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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. 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)
 Bimuelos (fritters)
 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?
 Flavius Josephus
 Rabbi Akiva


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
 O Hanukkah
 December is the Best Month of the Year


Question 10. Hanukkah is one of the Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible.