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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. Which dessert from Israel is eaten at Hanukkah because it is fried in oil?
 Latkes
 Sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts)
 Bimuelos (fritters)
 Atayef (cheese-filled pancakes)

 

Question 2. 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 3. The paragraph beginning "Al Hanissim" is added to
 Shema
 Amidah
 Birkat Hamazon
 B & C
 None of the above

 

Question 4. What does the prayer Al Hanissim offer thanks for?
 Godís role during Hanukkah
 The potatoes from which latkes are made
 God allowing the Jews to be fruitful and multiply
 All the miracles that have helped the Jews in the Bible

 

Question 5. The shehekheyanu blessing is recited
 Every night of Hanukkah
 Only on the first night
 The first night and the last night
 Every night of every single religious holiday

 

Question 6. In the late 19th century, some Jews incorporated which Christmas-time celebrations in to their lives.
 Christmas Eve balls and dances
 Decorating trees
 Going to Mass
 A&B
 All of the above

 

Question 7. How many blessings are said when lighting Hanukkah candles? (other than the first night)
 1
 2
 4
 5

 

Question 8. An eyewitness to the events of Hannukah wrote which scroll in Hebrew?
 The Scroll of Judah
 First Book of Maccabees
 Second Book of Maccabees
 Mahzor Kaffa

 

Question 9. The Maccabees were revolting against the ideas of
 Humanism
 Hellenism
 Pragmatism
 Phenomenology

 

Question 10. Which of the following letters does not appear on a dreidel from America
 Shin
 Nun
 Bet
 Gimel
 Hey