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. 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 2. Which of the following letters does not appear on a dreidel from America
Question 3. Hanukkah is also known as...
The Festival of Seven Days
The Festival of Lights
The Defeat of the Syrian Greeks
Judah the Maccabee
Question 4. According to the Talmud one should give how many gifts on Hanukkah?
1 each night
At least 1 to a family member, and 1 to a poor person
A total of 9
No presents are mandated by the Talmud
Question 5. A hanukkiyah
Can only be made out of wood
Can be made out of any material
Must have eight lights with one extra for the shamash
A & C
B & C
Question 6. In the apocryphal story of Judith and Holofernes, Judith feeds the king cheese and wine so that she can...
Sleep with him
Make him fall asleep and then behead him
Demonstrate her talent in the kitchen
Become his military advisor
Question 7. The Maccabees and their descendants are also known as the
Question 8. The “Scroll of Antiochus”, a megillah for Hanukkah, was written in the Talmudic period in what language?
Question 9. What does the prayer Al Hanissim offer thanks for?
God’s 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 10. An eyewitness to the events of Hannukah wrote which scroll in Hebrew?
The Scroll of Judah
First Book of Maccabees
Second Book of Maccabees