The chanukah story begins by king Alexander The Great, he was the ruler of many countries and one of the countries that he ruled over was Israel. One day Alexander The Great died and left no heir to the throne so 3 of his generals shared the land between them, one ruled over Egypt, one ruled over Syria and the last one ruled over Greece. The Syrians invaded Egypt. Now Antiochus ownes two portions of what was divided by Alexander. Antiochus wanted everyone to become Greek, every nation fell and obeyed him but one: The Jews, well most of them, some Jews became Helenists.
Antiochus commanded all the Jews to stop doing three things: 1. Shabbos 2. Brit Millah 3. Rosh Chodesh The penalty for keeping these mitzvot is death.
The Jews decide that they have had enough of these rules that Antiochus had made, they wanted to fight back. A man called Mattityahu decided to form an army of five sons. The Jews were so little but they won against thousands of soldiers.
1. On Purim we hold a gregar from the bottom but on chanukah we hold a dreidel from the top. Why? In the Purim story there was a covered miracle (we could not see it) where as in the chanukah story we do see the true hand of Hashem.
2.Chanukah is not written in the Torah but there are hints of it being there. For example, the 25th word of Bereishit means light and Chanukah is the festival of light that takes place on the 25th day of the month.
By: Jake, Daniel and Ben