(My Jewish Learning) Though initially a minor holiday, Chanukah has become one of the paradigmatic Jewish holidays. Chanukah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE, and is celebrated numerous ways.


Question 1 of 10

The Maccabees and their descendants are also known as the






Question 2 of 10

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 of 10

How many blessings are said when lighting Chanukah candles? (other than the first night)






Question 4 of 10

The “Scroll of Antiochus”, a megillah for Chanukah, was written in the Talmudic period in what language?






Question 5 of 10

Which game is most commonly played during Chanukah?

Pin the tail on Ahasuerus


Go-fish with Chanukah gelt

Who can eat the most latkes


Question 6 of 10

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 7 of 10

Which rabbinic work contains the story of the miraculous jar of oil that burned for eight days?

The Talmud

Book of Daniel

Book of Esther

Rashi's responsum


Question 8 of 10

According to the Talmud one should give how many gifts on Chanukah?

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 9 of 10

It has become customary for the Chanukah 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 God’s commandments, which we all should fulfill

There is no real reason, it’s just a custom


Question 10 of 10

Which dessert from Israel is eaten at Chanukah because it is fried in oil?


Sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts)

Bimuelos (fritters)

Atayef (cheese-filled pancakes)

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