The 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:
The 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.