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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. 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


Question 2. The Torah is read only once during Hanukkah.


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. 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 5. 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 6. Hanukkah is one of the Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible.


Question 7. The paragraph beginning "Al Hanissim" is added to
 Birkat Hamazon
 B & C
 None of the above


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. 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 10. The Maccabees were led by the sons of the priest Mattathias. How many sons did he have?