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


Question 2. 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


Question 3. 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 4. We can see the development of both the Hanukkah and the stories associated with it in
 The Prophetic writings
 The Gemara
 The Assyrian Talmud
 Psalms of Songs


Question 5. The Maccabees and their descendants are also known as the


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
 All of the above


Question 7. When lighting Hanukkah candles one should
 Always light from left to right
 Always light from right to left
 If you’re a righty start from the right, and if you’re a lefty, start from the left
 Light from the middle going out, first left, then right


Question 8. How many blessings are said when lighting Hanukkah candles? (other than the first night)


Question 9. 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 10. A special scroll that contained many legends about Hanukkah and was once read on the holiday is called
 The Scroll of Antiochus
 The Scroll of Esther
 The Scroll of Light
 The Scroll of Swordsmen