I have a Little Dreidel...

Playing Dreidel

A dreidel (known as a sevivon in Hebrew) is a four-sided top adorned with four hebrew letters: nun, gimel, hey, and shin. When spelled out, the Hebrew letters are an acronum for the Hebrew phrase, "Nes Gadol Haya Sham," which translates to "a great miracle happened there," in reference to the miracle of Hanukkah. In Israel, dreidels have the Hebrew letter Pe instead of the Shin, meaning "here" instead of "there."


The Dreidel Game is a fun game played by kids and adults every Hanukkah after lighting the menorah. The Dreidel game rules are simple, anyone can play, and it's a great reason to eat chocolate gelt! Typically, plastic or wooden dreidels are used for the Dreidel Game, and more decorative dreidels are owned by dreidel collectors.


Whether you spell the holiday Hanukkah, Chanukkah, Hanukah, Chanukah, Hanuka, or Chanuka, the "Festival of Lights" is a nice family holiday to eat, drink, sing, play the Dreidel game, and remember the great miracle.