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mexican December 17, 2015

mexico im mexican Reply

sheyenne December 14, 2015

ummmm Reply

anonymous December 8, 2014

I think you tought me everything! Reply

Anonymous December 11, 2012

To Jewlian of Norwalk Gimmel (third letter in the Hebrew alphabet) is the name of the Hebrew letter that appears on that side of the Dreidel. The word Gantz is a yiddish word which begins with the letter Gimmel. The letters on the dreidel actually are the first letters in the four Hebrew words Nes Gadol Haya Sham (which translates as 'A Great Miracle Happened There') The yiddish words quoted are plays on these four letters that represent the actions you take in the game of dreilel -- as explained on this page. Reply

Jewlian Norwalk January 17, 2011

The 4 sides What is the difference between the quoted name and the proper name. Example:
Gimmel versus "Gantz" Reply

billy December 16, 2010

dreidel Thats awsome! Reply

Jalynn indianapolis, indiana December 17, 2009

nicceeeee im at school typeing this but i done reseach on hanukkah and it told me everything i needed Reply

sarale ceitlin via camplubavitch.ca December 29, 2008

i love the website Reply

Jessie -11 year old. December 21, 2008

dreidel This website is great...

to the person who asked the origin of dreidle is that when the greek syrian army didn't want jews to practice judaism, the jewish people would still practice it. But, the greek syrian army would come to check on the jewish people to make sure they weren't practicing it. The jewish people would pull out a dreidel and pretend to just be playing a gambling game...instead of studing the Torah and practicing judaism. Reply

Jacqueline Uram Rio de Janeiro, Brasil via kids.tzivoshashem.org December 5, 2007

Dreidel This is the first year that my children are really having a bright and great Chanuka. They are playing games , helping us to light the candles, and I´m introducingo this site for them. Thanks Reply

K Sheridan Malden, Massaxhusetts/USA December 22, 2006

Dreidel What is the origin of Dreidel play?
Above you refer to Yiddish language?
Is Dreidel play from the Diaspora? Reply

chaiela December 19, 2006

Dreidle I'm almost 43 yrs old (dec 26) and I never learned how to play dreidle and never knew what the letters meant
Thank Goodness for this site Reply