How well do you remember the Chanukah story?
When did the Chanukah story happen?
Which nation ruled over א״י at this time?
The Greeks Declared that the Jews
Cannot learn תורה
Cannot do מצות or Keep שבת.
Cannot do ברית מילה
Many Jews were afraid of the Greeks and stoped doing מצות and started adopting Greek practices. These Jews were called
Some Jews wanted to study תורה and keep מצות.
They hid in caves to learn תורה
They would put a watchman to notify them if a Greek soldier was approaching
As a decoy they played dreidel when a soldier found them
The dreidel game was invented.......
What did the Greeks do to the בית המקדש?
מתתיהו was a כהן גדול at that time who had 5 sons.
They were known as the חשמונאים
They hid in caves and attacked the Greeks
They called out "מי כמוכה באלים ה׳"- this is where the name מכבי comes from.They became known as the Macabees.
Where did the מכבים live and fight?
Modiin, where the Macabes lived and fought the Greeks, is a short drive from ירושלים and you can visit the places they lived and fought.
Where does the name מכבי come from?
Who led the Jewish resistance against the Greeks?
The Jews were a small and weak army
ה׳ made a miracle & the Jews won!
They chased the Greeks out of א״י
They won the war on כ״ה כסלו (the 25th of Kislev)
After the war the חשמונאים went to the בית המקדש
They wanted to light the מנורה
All of the oil they found was טמא(impure)
They found one jar of oil that had the כהן גדל's seal.
The Jar had only enough oil for one night
ה׳ made a miracle, and the oil lasted for 8 nights until they were able to make new oil.
What does חנוכה mean?
What happened when the חשמונאים returned to the בית המקדש?