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dreidel

drei·del

also drei·dl  (drād′l)
n.
A toy similar to a spinning top used in games of chance played by children and adults at Hanukkah.

[Yiddish dreydl, from dreyen, to turn, from Middle High German dræjen, from Old High German drāen.]

dreidel

(ˈdreɪdəl)
n
(Judaism) a four sided spinning top, played with chiefly by children during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

drei•del

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(ˈdreɪd l)

n., pl. -dels, -del.
1. a four-sided top bearing Hebrew letters, used in a children's game traditionally played on Hanukkah.
2. the game itself.
[1925–30; < Yiddish dreydl=drey(en) to rotate, turn (< Middle High German dræ(je)n, dræhen; compare German. drehen) + -dl n. suffix]
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Written by a twice nominated Tony producer for children ages 4-8, "Hannah's Hanukkah Hiccups" is a twinkling story about a good Jewish girl named Hannah who looks forward to performing a song about her dreidl on Hanukkah.
They gathered for Passover seders and celebrated Hanukkah with latkes and dreidl playing and trips to Ohrbach's department store for gifts.
Among the large number of examples he discusses is the use of the dreidl or top which children play with at Hanukkah.
But does she have Rebecca's Shabbat accessories (teeny challah, samovar, tea, and candlesticks) for $68, her Hanukkah set (itty-bitty menorah, wooden dreidl, and gelt) for $22, her schoolbag (eensy-weensy bagel, rugelach, pickles, and "you're a grand old flag" sheet music) for $36, or her Coney Island souvenirs (infinitesimal postcards, Steeplechase Park flyer, music box that plays "over the waves" and admission token) for $32?
"Chanukah oh Chanukah,/Oh Dreidl and Menorah!/We celebrate it even though/It isn't in the Torah!," the family sings, in one of Kushner's funnier lyrics.
(14) The courts have also had to decide the constitutionality of one school district's policy of recognizing the Christmas and Chanukah holidays with menorah, dreidl, and nativity scene symbols on its bulletin boards and another's lack of religious symbolism at an elementary "Winter Holiday" program.
But it is also a time of gifts to children, which include gelt (money to encourage study) and the famous spinning game top called the dreidl. Even some of our readers who celebrate Chanukah may not know why the date of the holiday varies from year to year, occurring anywhere from late November to late December.
What I've noticed in recent years is that "our" traditional carols now alternate with "Happy, Happy Hanukkah!" and "Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl." In fact, this past Christmas, some schools included recognition of the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, as well as the Muslim month of Ramadan that began January 1.
You remember K'tonton, the "Jewish thumbling" who takes a ride on a chopping knife and wishes he hadn't, who goes to synagogue and swings on a lulav, who takes a ride on a runaway dreidl? Even though the first K'tonton story was published in 1930, Maxie finds Sadie Rose Weilerstein's tales about the Hebraic Tom Thumb to be as resonant and hilarious as this afternoon's episode of Phineas and Ferb.