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Chanukah Trivia Contest: Sixth Question

 

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Win, Win, Win … and then Win Some More in Kosher.com’s Chanukah Trivia Contest!

The gorgeous Silver Plate Oil Menorah is back! That’s right, you were all too late with your responses for the first night so nobody won this large-and-in-charge wonder of oil lamp technology. You know you  still want it.

And to get it, all you have to do is answer this question …

“Why do we celebrate Chanukah?”

This question closes at 6pm on December 10.  Good luck!

See our past winners.

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6 Responses to Chanukah Trivia Contest: Sixth Question

  1. avatar says: skossman

    We celebrate the miracle that when the Jews returned to the temple and wanted to light the Menorah, they could only find sufficient oil that was sealed and not contaminated to burn for one day. It took eight days to travel back and forth to get more oil. The one day’s supply of oil lasted for 8 days. However this would only explain a miracle of seven days since they did have enough oil for one day, so why do we celebrate eight days? THere are many answers given and among them are:
    1) The miacle of the first day was the fact that the Jews won the war against a force that were far more numerous and better equipped.
    2) they put one eighth of the oil in the menorah each day and each day the oil burned for an entire day instead of the expected 3 hours
    3) they put all the oil in the menorah the first day, and the miacle was that the oil level did not go down over the first day.
    4) it was a miracle that they were able to find even one container of oil that was not contaminated.

  2. avatar says: SusieD

    First and foremost, Hanukkah is a historical, nationalist holiday. It commemorates the successful rebellion, in the second century B.C.E., of a clan of Jewish freedom fighters called the Maccabees. These warriors rose up against Antiochus, a Greco-Syrian monarch who ruled Israel with a hard hand, banning Jews from practicing their faith and pressuring them to convert to a Hellenic way of life. (It is told that his soldiers would even force-feed Jews pork, a kosher no-no.) Despite being greatly outnumbered, the Maccabees managed to recapture the Holy Temple, the premier site of ancient Judaism, from their oppressors. Hanukkah means dedication in Hebrew — the holiday pays tribute to the dedication of a group of Jews who believed fervently in their right to religious and nationalist freedom.

    Of course, there’s also a religious aspect to Hanukkah. Also known as the “Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah celebrates the miracle that occurred when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple. The sanctuary was a shambles, torn apart by the Hellenic forces. The fighters found only enough oil to light a lantern — by which to read the Torah — for one day. But the lantern blazed for eight full days. When Jews light the eight candles of the menorah on the eight nights of Hanukkah, they recite a prayer extolling God who “performed miracles for our ancestors in days of old.”

    There is also a seasonal, even pagan, aspect to Hanukkah. Celebrated on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, during the darkest days of the year, the candle-lighting holiday is a warm, cozy ritual to banish the winter blahs. The focus of the holiday is not so much going to synagogue or reading certain scriptures, but rather staying at home with friends and family, eating, playing, and just spending time together.

  3. avatar says: seth

    Judah and his 4 brothers (aka the “Maccabees”), formed an army and after several years were successful in driving the Syrians out of Israel. This victory allowed them to reclaim the Temple in Jerusalem. Next on the list was “cleaning” the Temple of the stuff left behind by the Greek. On the 25th day of the month of Kislev (not December), their cleanup was complete and they rededicated the Temple.

    Judah wanted to light the Menorah (an oil lamp that was never supposed to be extinguished), but only found a small jug of oil. There was only enough for 1 day. The Menorah lit and a miracle occurred as the tiny amount of oil stayed lit for 8 days.

    that is why some call Hanukah the “Festival of Lights.”

    Also, if it wan’t for Hanukah, when else would we eat potato latkes and play dreidel?

  4. avatar says: gentleben

    Hanukkah itself is derived from the Hebrew word for “dedication” or “consecration,” and is aptly named. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Antiochus IV directed its desecration. Specifically, it is marked with the symbolism of lighting a menorah to remind us of the “miracle of the container of oil.” All but one container of the ritual olive oil had been profaned by Antiochus’ forces. There was only enough oil to keep the menorah in the Temple lit for a single day. Nonetheless, a miracle occurred and the oil burned for eight days permitting new snactified oil to arrive. It also reminds us of the great Maccabee resistance and eventual victory. In my humble opinion, we celebrate Hanukkah in a very joyous way, especially with gift giving and involving our children in lighting the candle, spinning the dreidel, eating latkes and jelly donuts, and exchanging presents.

  5. avatar says: Chana

    This question is now closed. Remember, the seventh question just opened up!

    Winners for the fifth and sixth nights will be picked on Monday, and Monday night will be the last Chanukah Trivia question.

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