The Chanukkah Info Search is a learning and discovery activity for adults, teens or families so that you can learn more about this Hebraic Holiday.
1. In what historical books can we find the story of Chanukkah ?
2. What is the Apocrypha?
3. How often will there be a Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) on the first night of Chanukkah?
4. Chanukkah and Purim are Hebrew Holidays. Why are they different from other Hebrew Holidays?
5. Judah Maccabee was not his real name. Why do we use Maccabee as his last name?
6. Chanukkah is celebrated for eight days. What other Biblical Feast is observed for eight days with much celebration?
7. Which biblical prophet, prophesied about the events leading up to Chanukkah? Where is this located in Scripture?
8. The word Chanukkah is mentioned one time in the Bible, where?
9. What other holiday, observed at this time of year, uses a base and seven candles?
Part Two – For Deeper Study and Thought
1. What are the similarities between the Chanukkah story and the story of Hadassah (Esther)?
2. Why do many Torah followers believe that the story of Chanukkah may be repeated in the future?
3. List some of the connections between Chanukkah and Sukkot
4. Look up the case County of Allegheny vs ACLU to see what the argument in downtown Pittsburgh, PA was all about. The court ruled that “…both Christmas and Hanukkah…have attained a secular status in US society.” Why is this proclamation sad and what does it say about the country in which we live? How can we personally redeem this secular attitude?
5. What positive values can we learn from the story of Hannah and her sons, as written in the Book of Macabees?
6. Yahshua said that we were to be a lights, what is the scripture reference for this verse? Where in the TaNaK can we find a similar verse?
7. Chanukkah has many themes and the cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple is one of them. Scripture calls us the Temple of the Ruach haKodesh, where is this scripture found? What are some of the ways that we can stay ‘clean’ and keep our bodily temples dedicated for the service of Yahweh?
8. A seven branched menorah holds seven lights. Where in scripture can we see seven spirits as lights on the menorah?
9. A nine branched menorah/chanukkiah holds nine lights. Read 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, how many gifts?
Part Three – Fun Trivia – You may need the Library and/or the Internet to find the answers
1. On December 2, 1763 the first night of Chanukkah that year, a synagogue was consecrated. It is the oldest existing synagogue in the United States, where is it located?
2. The first US postage stamp commemorating Hanukkah was issued in what year?
3. The five Hebrew characters that spell Chanukkah in Hebrew mean something besides dedication, what is it?
4. Hanukkah lights are kindled with a blowtorch across an international boundary, where is this?
5. The play, Judah Maccabeus, was written by which famous writer?
6. Author Emily Solis-Cohan, wrote a short story about George Washington, a young boy named Judah and the state of Pennsylvania. What is the name of that short story?
7. If you light candles each of the eight nights of Chanukkah, and don’t reuse any of them, how many candles will you have kindled by the end of the holiday?
8. Where on Earth can you watch a rabbi get into a cherry picker and be lifted into the sky to light a menorah that is more than 65 feet tall and weighs more than 18 tons?
9. Within Scripture, can you find any other events that took place on the 25th day of the Ninth month or Kislev 25?