1. Why are there so many ways to spell this holiday (Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, and that’s just for starters)?
    1. When the Temple was destroyed, all the genealogical records were lost, so each tribe of Israel chose a way to spell the holiday; that way, generations later, the different tribes of Israel would be able to identify other members according to how they spelled this holiday.
    2. There is only one correct way to spell this holiday so you can tell who’s really smart by how they spell it.
    3. There is no one correct way to write the word in English because Hanukkah is a Hebrew word. It can be transliterated (put into English letters meant to sound like the Hebrew word) in a variety of ways.
  2. Why do we eat foods fried in oil as part of our Hanukkah tradition?
    1. The slipperiness of the oil reminds us even when we face mighty enemies, if they try to make us worship idols, they will always slip and fall.
    2. We honor the memory of the Maccabees (the small band of Jewish fighters that God used to win the war with the Syrian tyrant, Antiochus Epiphanes) by eating at McDonalds. A little known Jewish fact is that the McDonalds who started the restaurant changed their name and are actually descendants of the Maccabees.
    3. Tradition tells us that when the war with the Syrian armies was won, there was only enough consecrated oil to burn in the Temple candelabrum for one day. God miraculously enabled the oil to burn for eight days (the amount of time it took to procure more oil), so the Temple could be consecrated without having to wait.
  3. What is Hanukkah gelt?
    1. It’s a type of horse that the Maccabees rode, to remind us of the battle and how God used the few to overcome the many.
    2. It’s a transliteration of the Hebrew word for “guilt,” so that we remember the terrible guilt of Antiochus Epiphanes in setting himself up as a god to be worshiped.
    3. It is a chocolate coin wrapped in gold, silver or blue foil; it is used in the traditional Hanukkah game known as “dreydl” (also spelled “dreidel”).

Answers: If you answered “c” on all of them, you are correct.