Thursday, May 17, 2012

Dreidel dreidel dreidel, I made it out of LEGO

I found this image via Pinterest. It was found on Etsy by ValGlaser, but doesn't seem to be there any more. The dreidel is a little top used in a game played by Jewish kids at Hanukkah. Each side bears a letter with a dual meaning. The four letters are the first letters of each word in the Hebrew phrase for 'A great miracle happened there' - referring to the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days at the rededication of the Temple. The letters also stand for the Yiddish words for nothing, half, all and put-in, which are the rules of the dreidel game. Each player places a game piece (perhaps a piece of candy, or a penny) in the pot, and then each player spins the dreidel in turn. They follow directions, either taking pieces from the pot or putting them in. The player who ends up with the pieces wins.

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