Celebrate the festival of lights and test your knowledge with our Hanukkah trivia game! From the history and traditions to the food and music, our game has it all. Play now and see how much you really know about Hanukkah!
What is Hanukkah commonly known as?
The festival of lights Click to see the answer
What does Hanukkah commemorate?
The Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army
How many nights does Hanukkah last?
What does the word "Hanukkah" mean?
What is Hanukkah celebration about?
The triumph of the Maccabees in reclaiming their temple after it was desecrated by Syrian-Greeks.
What is the most common spelling of Hanukkah?
Who was the Maccabean revolt against?
The Syrian-Greek army Click to see the answer
What is the most well-known tradition of Hanukkah?
Lighting of the menorah
What is the significance of the center candle in the menorah?
It is used to light all the other candles
How many candles are in a menorah?
What is the significance of lighting one candle each day of Hanukkah?
To celebrate each day of the holiday
In what country is Hanukkah a national holiday?
What is the significance of the darkest time of the year during Hanukkah?
To celebrate the return of light
How does Rabbi Leonard Gordon describe Hanukkah?
A frightening celebration
How many nights did the miracle oil burn for?
What was the main reason for the menorah being moved from its original placement during Mishnaic times?
The harsh realities of the diaspora Click to see the answer
What is the significance of the mezuzah and the menorah being placed on either side of the doorway during Hanukkah?
To surround a person with holiness
How did the mezuzah and the menorah surround a person with holiness in ancient times?
By placing the mezuzah on one side and the menorah on the other side of the doorway
Where are menorahs displayed during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
On prominent buildings such as the Knesset
What is the significance of the Western Wall in the Hanukkah story?
It is the last remnant of the Temple
Who hands the torch to the chief rabbi during the relay in contemporary Israel?
The final torchbearer
What is the destination of the relay during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
The Western Wall in Jerusalem
What was the original placement of the menorah during Mishnaic times?
Outside, on the left side of the door leading in from the street
What activities do students participate in during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
Plays, songs, parties Click to see the answer
From where does the relay begin during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
Where is the menorah usually placed during Hanukkah?
In a window or a doorway
What is the significance of the lighting of the menorah during Hanukkah?
A symbol of hope and light during the darkest time
What is the significance of the shamash in the menorah?
The center candle that sits higher than the others
What material is typically used to make the dreidel, a spinning top played with during Hanukkah?
Who were the Maccabees?
Who did the Maccabees defeat to reclaim the holy temple in Jerusalem?
What metal is traditionally used to make the menorah used during Hanukkah?
What type of oil is used to light the candles in the menorah during Hanukkah?
Why is food fried during Hanukkah?
As a symbol of the miracle oil that burned for eight nights
What does the miracle oil symbolize in Hanukkah?
The oil that burned for eight nights
What is the significance of the holy temple in Jerusalem in the Hanukkah story?
It was defiled by the Syrian-Greeks and reclaimed by the Maccabees Click to see the answer
According to tradition, what will be followed when Moshiach comes regarding the lighting of the menorah on Hanukkah? The rulings of the House of Shammai
The placement of the menorah outside, on the left side of the door
Why do Jews play the dreidel game during Hanukkah?
What custom is commonly followed (outside of Israel) regarding the placement of the menorah during Hanukkah?
Light the menorah at a window
How is the dreidel related to Hanukkah?
Based on a German gambling game, European Jews adopted it and replaced the letters with Hebrew ones to engage with scripture. Now it is used throughout the holiday.
Where did the dreidel originally come from?
Germany and England
What letters are on the sides of the dreidel?
What type of food is traditionally fried during Hanukkah?
Any type of food
What does the chief rabbi use the torch for during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
To light the first candle of a giant menorah
What is the highlight of the Hanukkah festival in contemporary Israel?
The annual relay from Modiʿin to Jerusalem
What is the origin of the annual relay during Hanukkah in contemporary Israel?
Why was the menorah placed to the left of the door?
Because the mezuzah is placed on the right side
Who taught to add another candle each night of Hanukkah?
The traditional custom of lighting at a window
12. Why do some communities prefer to light the menorah in a doorway rather than a windowsill during Hanukkah?
To surround themselves with the mitzvahs of mezuzah and the menorah, just as in ancient times
Who maintained that eight lights be lit on the first night of Hanukkah?
The House of Shammai