A Dreidel is a spinning-top game used by the Jewish tradition during the holiday of Hanukkah. Each Dreidel has four sides with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet printed on each: נ (nun), ג (gimel), ה (hei), and ש (shin). The Dreidel is a Jewish version of a Teetotum, a European gambling game. To play, each player received an equal amount of money, candy, or some other small good. Each player then puts one piece into the "pot". The first player spins the Dreidel, and the Hebrew letter the Dreidel lands on gives the player instructions. Shin means the player adds one piece to the pot, hay means the player takes half of the pot, gimel means the player takes all of the pot, and nun means the player takes nothing. Players take turns spinning the Dreidel until one player wins everything.
Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 9 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.