Chanukah, Day 5: The Dreidel

dscf1269The Dreidel is a well-known gift given during Chanukah. In Hebrew it is called a sevivon, coming from the root word for ‘to turn’. There are games played and songs sung; we even learned a song in my Ulpan called, “Sevivon, sov, sov, sov” (Dreidel, turn, turn, turn). The dreidle is a four sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. Here are the four letters:

dreidleThe letters stand for the Nes Gadol Haya Sham (The Great Miracle Happened There).  One little fact: the dreidel’s here in Israel have the letter Pei ( פ)  instead of the Shin. This translates to: Nes Gadol Haya Po (The Great Miracle Happened Here).  Just another reminder of the story of Chanukah.  Here is a picture of a small wooden dreidle I picked up.

Tomorrow: Latkes

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One response to “Chanukah, Day 5: The Dreidel

  • ksa

    My friend taught me about the ‘here’ and ‘there’ dreidels when we were kids. Ever since than I have always wanted to get Pe one. Have fun spinning

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