Are You Prepared for Chanukah to Begin? Take the Am I Prepared for Chanukah? Quiz. Answer the questions, and check your answers below. Then go to www.orami.org/chanukah, Congregation Or Ami’s Chanukah Resources Page, to prepare for the Festival of Lights.
- Do we put the candles in from left to right or right to left?
- Do we light from left to right or right to left?
- What holiday did Chanukah first commemorate?
- How many blessings do we recite on the first day?
- Name two Jewish foods eaten on Chanukah?
- What phrase do the four letters on the dreidel stand for?
- In the game of dreidel, when the dreidel falls, what do we do for each letter?
- What eight things do we need to do to really celebrate the Festival?
Is it time to bone up on your Chanukah knowledge? Go to www.orami.org/chanukah, Congregation Or Ami’s Chanukah Resources Page, to prepare for the Festival of Lights.
While you are there, you may
- Download the words to the blessings
- Find a story of Chanukah to read
- Print out songsheets
- Discover how to make Chanukah a Festival of Giving.
- And more…
- Right to left. We increase the number of candles/lights each day.
- Left to right. We first light the candle representing that night’s miracle.
- Sukkot. During the first Chanukah, the Israelites shook a lulav and etrog to commemorate the Festival of Sukkot (which they could not celebrate during the Maccabean War).
- Three. For kindling the lights, for the miracles, and shehecheyanu for the lighting the candles for the first time this year.
- Latkes (usually potato) and sufganiot (jelly-filled donuts). Both are fried in oil to remind us about the miracle of the oil.
- Nes Gadol Haya Sham. A great miracle happened there.
- Nun = do nothing. Gimel = Get the whole pot. Hey = take Half the pot. Shin = put 2 back into the pot.
- Retell the story, sing the songs, play dreidel, give presents to parents, give tzedakah to others, put a chanukiah (menorah) in the window, celebrate at home, and celebrate in the community.