Dreidel
Dreidel
Dreidel
Dreidel


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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Dreidel

Identifier:
2019.9.68.D
Description:
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. 
Date:
circa 2019
Materials:
Wood
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Museum Purchase
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
Virtual Discovery Kit: Holiday Traditions (December 2020)
Holidays are a way for people around the world to celebrate important events in their lives.