November 23, 2006
Why we celebrate Chanukah—according to YOU!
Why We Celebrate Chanukah ... According to ______________________ (YOUR NAME)
Around 200 B.C.E. Jews lived in the Land of Israel, which was ______________ (verb) by the king of Syria. In 175 B.C.E. Antiochus IV Epiphanes became ______________ ( noun). At first, everything was ____________ (adjective), but soon, the Jews were told they would have to stop being Jewish. Rather than doing that, they decided to _____________ ( verb). Under Antiochus, Jews were killed and the temple was ___________ ( verb ending in 'ed'). Antiochus wanted to use the Temple as a place to ____________ ( verb) the Greek _________ ( noun) Zeus. Mattathias, a Jewish priest, and his sons, including Judah Maccabee, said no way and ____________ (verb) back. When Mattathias died, Judah took his place as leader. Later, after the Jews ___________ (verb in past tense) the battle, the Temple was rededicated. Judah ordered the Temple to be ____________ ( verb) and a new altar to be __________ (verb). According to the Talmud, __________ ( noun) was needed for the menorah, which was supposed to burn all the time. But there was only enough to burn for one night. Miraculously, it burned for eight. And THAT'S why we celebrate the _____________ ( noun) of Chanukah!
Kein vs. Lo
This section of the page is a way for you as kids to sound off about an issue. Because right after Thanksgiving, people start putting up their decorations for the holidays (you'll usually see more red and green than blue and white). This month's kein v'lo is about putting up Chanukah decorations and asks whether we, as Jews, should decorate our homes for the holiday.
The Kein Side:
The Lo Side: