Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Chanukah! Let's Play Dreidel!


Virtual Dreidel Game <--- Cute / must play!

To play Dreidel with others at home:

Hebrew Letters on the Dreidel

Besides their symbolic meaning, the 4 Hebrew letters that are found on each Dreidel have a specific meaning when it comes to playing the game. Here are brief descriptions of each letter and what to do when your Dreidel lands on them. (one letter is different in Israel)

The letters on the dreidel, Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin, stand for the Nes Gadol Haya Sham, which means A Great Miracle Happened There.

In Israel, the modern-day land of Judea in which the story of Chanukah took place, the letters on the dreidel are Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Peh, which stand for A Great Miracle Happened Here (Po, in Hebrew)


    Action: You Don't Do Anything
          o English: Nothing

Gimel / Gimmel

     Action: You take All of the pieces that are in the pot
          o English: Everything


     Action: You get Half of the pieces that are in the pot
          o English: Half


     Action: You Put One of your pieces back into the pot
          o English: [ante up]

What You Need to play Dreidel

   1. 2 or More People
   2. Dreidel
   3. Tokens: While Hanukkah Gelt is commonly used as a point marker, you can use almost any small countable objects (such as nuts, cookies, real coins, candy, or poker chips). Make sure to have at least ten for each person playing.

How to play Dreidel

1. Divide your pieces evenly between each of the players.
2. Everyone puts one of their pieces in the pot to start the game.
3. The first player (either the youngest or the oldest) takes their turn and spins the Dreidel.
4. According to which letter is facing up, the player completes the appropriate action (see above).
5. The Dreidel is then passed on to the next player.
6. The game continues until one player holds all of the pieces
7.  When the kitty has less than one token, every player puts in a token (if they have one - if they do not have one, they continue to play)

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