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Ask your chanichim what is a miracle. Do you believe in miracles? Has a miracle ever happened to you? If so, let them share their experience.


make copies of tanach sectionfor each group

There can be miracles?

Introduction:

Ask your chanichim what is a miracle. Do you believe in miracles? Has a miracle ever happened to you? If so, let them share their experience.

Game:

Split your chanichim into five groups. Every group must make a skit that will show a miracle from the tanach. (give them the sources sheet)

The five miracles are:

1.The burning bush

2.The ten plagues

3.Kriyat yam suf

4.Manna in the desert

5.David and Goliath

After ten minutes, each group should present its skit, and the other chanichim should guess the miracle. One chanich from the group that presented will read from the source.

The burning bush:

", - -- ; - , - . , , --- ; , , , . , --- , - : , - . , , ; , -- . , , - ; -, -- , - . , , , , ; , , , -"

(Shmot\3)

The ten plagues

" -, - - - - - - - ---; - , . , - , - , , ; - -, . , - , , - , -"

(Shmot\7)

Kriyat yam suf

" -, -, - -, - ; , . , - , ; , . , , -- , : -, . , , , - , ; , . , , , , ; , -- , , - "

(Shmot\14)

Manna in the desert

"- . , , - ; , . , , , , ; , . , -, , , ."

(Bamidbar\11)

David and Goliath

" - , ; , . - -, , -, -; , - . - , - ; , -. - - , , -, -; - , . , -, - , ; , , -, -. , ; , -. - , ; -, ."

(Shmuel\17)

Discussion:

Do you think its good that there are miracles in the world? Do you think that it makes people put less effort, because they just rely on miracles?

Why when people talk about miracles they refer to huge things? Maybe it could be a small everyday occurrence.

So how it is connected to Chanukah? In Chanukah the Chashmonaim won the Greeks although they were the weak and with less people. The victory was a huge miracle!

Learning Al Hanisim with the Chanichim.

Make a Bristol board with the words of Al Hanisim, and take out some words, and let them fill in the blanks with cards that youve prepared.

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Summary:

We learned that miracles happen everyday, all around us, and maybe we just need to pay closer attention to these miracles, and not just think about the large miracles of the Tanach. Maybe we all need to appreciate the small things a little bit more.

Chanuka quiz

1. Chanukah is known as

a. The Festival of Lights

b. The Holiday of Rededication

c. The Jewish Christmas

d. The Yiddish Ramadan

2. The heroes of Chanukah lived in

a. Ancient Palestine

b. Ancient Israel

c. The Occupied Territories

d. The Liberated Territories

e. A three-floor walk-up in Brooklyn

3. The Jews of the time of the first Chanukah worshipped

a. At the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

b. At a less holy temple about ten miles west of Jerusalem

c. Wherever they could get High Holiday tickets

d. All of the above...except b. and c.

4. Suddenly, a new, cruel leader (what else is new?) came to power 

the Jews, whose name was

a. Hafiz al-Assad

b. Yassir Arafat

c. Antiochus

d. Antisemite

e. Antibody

5. This evil leader abruptly commanded the Jews of his kingdom to

a. Eat pig

b. Eat at McDonald's

c. Eat everything on their plates

d. Become idol worshippers

6. There arose a brave elder among the Jewish people who helped

to lead a revolt against the Greeks, whose name was

a. Mattathias

b. Mattityahu

c. Matthew

d. Mendive the Poet

7. Mattityahu (what a relief-that's the answer to # 6) had sons by

the names of

a. Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and Gummo

b. Huey, Dewey and Louis

c. Jacob, Joey, Jeremy and Christopher (his wife became less 

traditional as she grew older)

d. Dah, could be Leroy, Leroy. Leroy and Leroy

8. The last name of this glorious family was

a. Marx (see #7a)

b. Duck (see #7b)

c. Abu ben Amir (it wasn't easy to be a Jew in those days)

d. Maccabee

9. The town in which the heroic family lived was

a. Modin

b. Mahwah

c. Crown Heights

d. Farfallen Heights

10. Where did the Jews fight the Greeks?

a. At Entebbe

b. At Natanya

c. Through thick and thin

d. With blood, sweat and tears

11. In order to purify the Holy Temple, the Jews had to

a. Get a good cleaning person who would do floors

b. Get a good cleaning person who would do walls and windows too 

(now that's a miracle!)

c. Get rid of the chazar-fleisch

d. Get some lamp oil

12. The oil the Maccabees found was sufficient for only

a. One day

b. Seven days

c. Seven days in Israel, eight in the Diaspora (go figure)

13. But there was a great miracle, as the oil used for resanctifying 

the Temple ended up lasting

a. Until it needed an oil change

b. Twelve days

c. Twelve days, but for you, eight days

14. Hannah was a heroine of the first Chanukah, who had

a. Five daughters

b. No, it was Tevye the Fiddler who had five daughters

c. Seven sons

d. Six sons

15. One of the great coincidences of history is that:

a. Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev

b. Christmas takes place on the 25th day of the Julian month of

 December

c. Chanukah and charoset (from Passover) both start with "ch"

16. Among the Talmudic rulings on this holiday is that:

a. The Chanukiya must be lit at sunset

b. The Chanukiya should be placed outside the entrance of one's house

c. The Chanukiya should be set on a window nearest the street

d. a b and c are correct

e. Chanukah used to be the day before Tu B'Shvat but the rabbis 

moved it to avoid forest fires

17. Jewish women are obligated to also light the Chanukiya

because..

a. They were included in the miracle, according to Tractate Shabbat,

b.they shouldnt light

c. because its even more important than shabbats candels

18. One of the major debates in the Talmud involves:

a. The House of Shammai suggesting that we light eight lights on the

first night of Chanukah, and then one less each following night

b. The House of Hillel suggesting that we light one light on the first

night, and then one more each following night

c.a and b are correct

d.Rabbi Yehuda suggesting that you can do both as the house of Hilel or as the house of Shamai

19. Because Chanukah is considered such a joyous holiday, Jews are

a. Forbidden to eulogize the dead

b. Forbidden to make Melacha

c. Forbidden to cover their neighbor's Christmas lights, especially

since the concept was stolen from the holiday lights of Chanukah, 

anyway

20. Al-Hanissim is added to Birkat Hamazon during the eight days of Chanukah. 

It translates as:

a. "Thanks for the Miracles."

b. "Thanks for the Memories"

c.Please we need a miracle.

21. A long-accepted tradition of Jews around the world is for the 

parents to give their children:

a. Chanukah gelt (money), over the eight days of the holiday

b.Sufganiot

c.i-pod

22. On the holiday of Chanukah, millions of Jews all over the world

a. Spin the dreidel

b. Hang the mistletoe

c. Book a cruise for Easter

d. Decorate a Chanukah Bush



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