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Take the “Am I Prepared for Chanukah?” Quiz

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.

Questions:

  1. Do we put the candles in from left to right or right to left?
  2. Do we light from left to right or right to left?
  3. What holiday did Chanukah first commemorate?
  4. How many blessings do we recite on the first day?
  5. Name two Jewish foods eaten on Chanukah?
  6. What phrase do the four letters on the dreidel stand for?
  7. In the game of dreidel, when the dreidel falls, what do we do for each letter?
  8. 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…

The Answers:

  1. Right to left.  We increase the number of candles/lights each day.
  2. Left to right.  We first light the candle representing that night’s miracle.
  3. 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).
  4. Three. For kindling the lights, for the miracles, and shehecheyanu for the lighting the candles for the first time this year.
  5. Latkes (usually potato) and sufganiot (jelly-filled donuts). Both are fried in oil to remind us about the miracle of the oil.
  6. Nes Gadol Haya Sham. A great miracle happened there.
  7. Nun = do nothing. Gimel = Get the whole pot. Hey = take Half the pot. Shin = put 2 back into the pot.
  8. 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.

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