Dreidel: Understanding the Game

By InterfaithFamily


Have you ever wondered how to play the popular Hanukkah game of dreidel?

This simple spinning top game is easily enjoyed and is perfect for all ages. All you need is a dreidel (a top with four Hebrew letters on its sides), a pot (a bowl of pennies, nuts, or candies as a reward), and some friends or family members.Dreidel background

We have created an easy to follow and downloadable cheat-sheet for you to print and bring along with you to play with friends and family. You can access that here: IFF How To do… Dreidel Game

Our video explains the rules of the dreidel game so you can enjoy it this Hanukkah. Plus, we go into the meaning of the letters on the dreidel: what they stand for in Hebrew and how their Yiddish meaning shapes the game’s rules.

Have fun and happy Hanukkah!


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