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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. 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
 Mahzor Kaffa