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Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Hanukkah

"Hanukkah" comes from the Hebrew root "Hanokh," inaugurate. A menorah is lit on all eight nights of Hanukkah to commemorate the rededication of the ancient temple in Jerusalem, when the last remaining container of undefiled oil miraculously lasted for eight nights. The menorah also celebrates the triumph of freedom over persecution, the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel. Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year.

In America, families celebrate Chanukah at home. They give and receive gifts, decorate the house, entertain friends and family, eat special foods, and light the holiday menorah.

1. Why is the menorah lit on Hanukkah?

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2. For how many days does the menorah burn?

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3. When does Hanukkah take place?

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4. How is Hanukkah celebrated in America?

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