This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about Hannukah. There’s musings on weather and flowers (why not?), some great music, and of course … the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!
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This week’s quiz: On 31 December I asked you a question about the Jewish festival Hanukkah: you were to write in and tell me how many days and nights Hanukkah (or the Festival of Lights) is celebrated, and what it is about.
The answer is: Hannukah, which is a joyous festival for the Jewish community, runs eight days and nights. Every night the family gathers and lights a candle on the menorah ( a nine branched candelabrum – the highest candle, the ninth candle, is always lit) so by the last night all the candles are lit. The family recites or sings traditional blessings as they light the candles, and then the fun begins. Presents - every night! And dreidel games (a dreidel is a top), and wonderful special foods, mainly oily, because the Hannukah festival celebrates a miracle of oil.
The Jewish Maccabees rebelled and defeated the forces of Antiochus IV – the Greek king of the Seleucid Empire (Antiochus IV lived from 175 BCE until 164 BCE, to give you an idea of the time-line) - who was ruling over Judea. When the Maccabees won the rebellion and re-gained their Holy Temple, they discovered that almost all of the ritual olive oil had been profaned - oil which is needed to keep the menorah burning at all times in the Temple. They found only a single container of oil that was still sealed by the High Priest, and there was only enough oil to keep the menorah in the Temple lit for a single day. They used that oil, but the menorah miraculously burned for eight days - which is the time it took to have new oil pressed and made ready.
So the answer is: Hannukah lasts eight days and eight nights, and celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple after the defeat of the Seleucid Empire, when a one-day supply of ritual olive oil burned for eight days.
The winners are: RFI Listeners Club member Jean-Maurice Devault from Montreal, Canada; Shehla Shahzad from the RFI Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Abdikadir Elmi from Nairobi, Kenya; Tasneem Binte Saleh from Nilphamari, Bangladesh, and Sunilbaran Das, the president of the RFI Fan Club in Nadia, India.
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