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.
January 17, 2011
The 4 sides
What is the difference between the quoted name and the proper name. Example: Gimmel versus "Gantz"
December 16, 2010
December 17, 2009
im at school typeing this but i done reseach on hanukkah and it told me everything i needed
Jalynn indianapolis, indiana
December 29, 2008
i love the website
sarale ceitlin camplubavitch.ca
December 21, 2008
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.
Jessie -11 year old.
December 5, 2007
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
Jacqueline Uram Rio de Janeiro, Brasil kids.tzivoshashem.org
December 22, 2006
What is the origin of Dreidel play? Above you refer to Yiddish language? Is Dreidel play from the Diaspora?
K Sheridan Malden, Massaxhusetts/USA
December 19, 2006
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