חֲנוּכָּהHANUKKAH25 Kislev - 2 Tevet
BACKGROUND
These candles that we light are reminders of the miracles and wonders,the salvation and the battles that You won for our ancestors...and on all these eight days of Hanukkah, these candles are holy;we are not to read by themor work by them; we are to admire them.

The story of Hanukkah begins in 175 BCE when Antiochus IV became the head of the Seleucids (rulers of the Greek Empire in the area now known as Syria). To spread Greek culture throughout the empire, Antiochus IV eliminated all national and religious differences. The Jews were not happy happy about his new policies which forbade circumcision, Jewish study, and ritual observance. Conflict ensued - not only between the Jews and the Seleucids, but also between Jews who wanted to hold onto their religious traditions and those who preferred to exchange Jewish rituals for Greek culture.

In 168 BCE Antiochus' army destroyed The Temple in Jerusalem. He then marched to cities in the region to force Jews to demonstrate their loyalty to Antiochus and Hellenistic (Greek) culture. One town was Modi'in. Mattathias and his family fled there. Antiochus' officer asked Mattathias to demonstrate his leadership by offering a sacrifice. Mattathias refused and another Jew came forward to sacrifice on the pagan altar. This angered Mattathias, who killed the Jew, as well as Antiochus' officer. He then shouted, "Let everyone who is zealous for the (Jewish) law and supports the covenant (with God) come with me!" and fled to the hills with his sons.

Battles ensued in the hills of Modi'in. Eventually, the leadership of the Maccabees passed from Mattathias (the father) to Judah (one of the sons). In 165 BCE, the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem and reclaimed TheTemple.

On the 25th of Kislev (the third anniversary of the day The Temple was defiled), the Jews rededicated The Temple and then celebrated the eight day holiday of Sukkot which they had been unable to observe earlier in the year because of the war. Hanukkah, the new festival that celebrated the rededication of The Temple, was observed for eight days.



Hanukkah materials that can be downloaded and printed:
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Hanukkah Vocabulary

Print these flashcards (a davka document or the pdf version) to use with your students.
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I Have Who Has - Hanukkah Brachot

Your students will review the Hanukkah brachot playing this game. An added bonus is that a graphic is included on each card describing that particular phrase. Let us know what you and your students think about the visual interpretation of each phrase.
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This card game can be purchased for $2.00 at http://www.jeccmarketplace.com/hanukkah-i-have-who-has-hanukkah-brachot-f-4/

Hanukkah Puzzles

Your students will review Hanukkah vocabulary. Please note that the file is a davka file. Please email us if you need a pdf of this file.
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Hanukkah Brachot

Your students will review the Hanukkah brachot.
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Hanukkah Poster

Your students will review the Hanukkah brachot - each brachot can be printed on individual 11" x 17" paper or cardstock.
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Hanukkah Brachot

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Hanukkah Wordles

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Dreidel Game

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Hanukkah Fortune Teller

Once it's folded, this fortune teller reviews the brachot, the dreidel game, and Hanukkah songs.
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Hanukkah QRs

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Hanukkah Resource List






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