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Are You A Maccabee Or A Wannabee?

Break out your Manischewitz and let's see what you've got!

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  1. Let's start off easy— how many days is Chanukah?

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    5
    5
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    8
    8
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    7
    7
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    1
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    On the 8th night of Chanukah my bubby gave to me...

    The Jews found enough oil to last for 1 day, but God miraculously made the oil last for 7 more days. So why do we celebrate 8 days of Chanukah, if only 7 days were miraculous? We celebrate all 8 days to teach us that even the first day was a miracle - it was the “miracle” of nature, that God makes oil burn in the first place.

    On the 8th night of Chanukah my bubby gave to me...
  2. What iconic game is played on Chanukah?

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    Jacks
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    Jacks
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    Mitzvah Match
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    Mitzvah Match
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    Dreidel
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    Dreidel
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    Checkers
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    Checkers
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    Dreidel dreidel dreidel...you know the song!

    We play dreidel on Chanukah to commemorate how the Jewish children used to play dreidel when the Greek patrols walked by, to hide the fact that the Jewish children had been studying Torah. The Greeks and many other nations have tried to squelch our study of Torah for thousands of generations, but the Torah and the Jewish people keep going strong to this very day.

    Dreidel dreidel dreidel...you know the song!
  3. What food pairing screams Chanukah?

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    Latkes and Applesauce
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    Latkes and Applesauce
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    Peanut Butter and Jelly
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    Peanut Butter and Jelly
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    Milk and Cookies
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    Milk and Cookies
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    Peas and Carrots
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    Peas and Carrots
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    Latkes (aka potato pancakes)!

    Why do we have latkes you ask? Because they're delicious! And also because they're cooked in oil which reminds of us the miracle of Chanukah.

    Latkes (aka potato pancakes)!
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  4. Okay let's step up the game now. In what month of the Hebrew calendar is Chanukah celebrated?

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    Kislev

    The root of Kislev כשל means hope or trust. After the temple was ransacked by the Greeks, the Jews were hoping and searching for any bit of salvageable oil, and because of their continued hope they found one jar. The Jews also exhibited an immense amount of trust and faith that God was looking out for them, which was then revealed through the oil lasting 8 days!

    Kislev
  5. The age old question: Which way do you light the Chanukah candles?

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    Place candles left to right, Light candles right to left
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    Place candles right to left, Light candles left to right
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    Place candles left to right, Light candles left to right
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    Place candles right to left, Light candles right to left
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    Place candles right to left, Light candles left to right

    It's tricky, for sure. Usually a question for Bubby. Here's an easy way to remember: REPLACE from the RIGHT. LIGHT from the LEFT. Another hint is that you want to light the newest candle first, which will be on the farthest left.

    Place candles right to left, Light candles left to right
  6. What's the name of those yummy Jelly donuts?

    Wendy Goodfriend
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    Hamentashens
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    Matzo Balls
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    Rugelach
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    Sufganiyot
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    Sufganiyot

    This fried, oily goodness commemorates the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days, much like the latkes. Fun Fact: Around 17.5 million donuts are eaten in Israel during Chanukah!

    Sufganiyot
  7. Is the Shammus a Chanukah Candle?

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    NO

    The Shammus IS part of the menorah, however it is NOT one of the Chanukah candles. It is specifically there because we are not allowed to use the Chanukah candles for a productive purpose. That's why we use the Shammus to light each candle, rather than lighting from one to the other. Was that an unfair question?

    NO
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  8. This one's for all the gelt! What is the correct spelling of the holiday?

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    Don't scroll up and cheat!

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    Chanukah
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    Hanukah
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    Chanukkah
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    Hannukah
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    Chanuka
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    They're all right!
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    Oy vey, there are 16 different ways to spell it... you basically can't spell it wrong!

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