Test Your Hanukkah Knowledge
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1. Where is the story of Hanukkah found?
2. What is a dreidel?
3. What does the writing on the dreidel mean?
4. What is a menorah?
5. How many branches does a Hanukkah menorah have?
6. Who was Judas Maccabeus?
7. Who eats latkes with mayonnaise?
8. What is a latke?
9. How is a Hanukkah menorah different from the lampstand that stood in the Temple?
10. What does the word Hanukkah mean?
11. What is another name for the holiday of Hanukkah?
12. Who eats donuts at Hanukkah?
1. In the Intertestamental writing called the Book of Maccabees.
2. A four-sided top inscribed with Hebrew letters and used for playing Hanukkah games.
3. The letters represent four Hebrew words to recount A great miracle happened there.” (The legendary miracle is that a one-day supply of oil for the Temple lampstand lasted eight days, until more could be prepared.)
4. A branched candelabrum.
5. Nine. Eight are for lighting and one holds the “servant” candle that lights the rest.
6. The hero of the Hanukkah story who led his brave band to fight off the Syro-Greek oppressors and recapture the Temple.
7. Alan Bond, our 95%-Jewish-by-osmosis Dallas missionary, and other trendsetting “gourmets.”
8. A Jewish potato pancake fried in oil and usually eaten with sour cream or applesauce—except see answer number 7!
9. The lampstand in the Temple had seven branches, not nine.
11. The Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights.
12. Israeli Jews generally eat donuts instead of latkes as the traditional Hanukkah treat. (The reason is that, like latkes, donuts are fried in oil to commemorate the “Miracle of the Oil.”)