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Holidays

  1. The Hanukkah Story
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    • Background information
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    • In what year did Alexander the Great conquer Jerusalem?
      1. 332 BCE
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    • What was the impact of Antichus IV?
      1. Rather than promoting religious tolerance, he forced Jews to stop practicing their religion and defiled their temple.
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    • Who started a revolt in 167 BCE?
      1. Mattathias
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    • Mattathias refused a Greek soldier's order to make a sacrifice to the Greek gods, and instead killed that soldier.
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    • When Mattathias hid out in the mountains with the other rebels, who became the leader of the rebel group?
      1. His son, Judah
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    • What was the group known as?
      1. The Maccabees
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    • When did the Maccabees drive the Greeks out of Israel?
      1. 165 BCE
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    • What did the Maccabees do when they reclaimed their temple?
      1. They lit a menorah with oil blessed by a high priest
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    • What was the miracle?
      1. There was only enough oil for the menorah to stay lit for one night, but it burned for 8 nights instead.
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    • Is the story of Hannukkah mentioned in the Torah?
      1. Nope!
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