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Charles
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It's been going on for almost a week now and what?!? No Hanukkah greetings?

Wishing all our friends, Jew and Gentile, a happy festival of lights.

Peace on Earth and goodwill to all men and women.

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I'll drink to that. [cheers]

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quote:
I'll drink to that.
LaHeim!
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Gracias...

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Happy Hanukkah!!!!

Question.. is getting a dradel as a present on par with getting socks??

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Eric Hedman
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Can't hold down dem Macabees!!!!!

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(To the tune of Monty Python's "Eric the Half-a-bee")

A Hey Hey Hey,
Hee Hee Hee,
I'm Judah the Maccabee,
A zealot from the Galilee,
Judah the Maccabee...


Happy Hanukkah Everyone!

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Steve G
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Offbeat, there's nothing better to see adults and children both having a great time playing Dreidel while theb PS2 and X-Box sit un-used.


Chappy Chanukah....!

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Ravenshoe
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Hmmm. I wonder if we could develop a dreidle game for X-box?
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Eric Hedman
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Well, it depends on who you want to get to be in the bad 3D rendered movie-lite cinematics.

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Or you could do it like Simpsons Hit and Run, with lots of Krusty and Rabbi Krustovsky in a Giant Robotic Battle Dreidle.....

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OH HO! So the Dreidel is more than a top you spin... can you explain the Dreidel game? Or is it top-secret-keep-it-under-your-yamaka kinda thing?

It's one of those religous wonders I have.. like why is that a staple toy to the Jewish religion? why don't mormons have them?
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about the Shakers.. when the snake is passed to you in church.. how long do you shake for?
How do you know you're done?
Is there such a thing as bogarting the snake?
What's up with the snake in the first place?
Why a snake?
Is it because it rhymes with 'shake'???
Any shakers here on AN that can shed shome light on shaking?
My great Aunt has parkinson's and she shakes.. should she convert?

If I didn't have ADD, I think i'd be a great theologist.

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quote:
when the snake is passed to you in church.. how long do you shake for?
How do you know you're done?
Is there such a thing as bogarting the snake?
What's up with the snake in the first place?
Why a snake?

All your questions answered and more...
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Steve G
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Just for you gary (but keep it under your kippa):

1. All players get an equal amount of pennies, chocolate coins (gelt), candies, raisins, or tokens.

2. All players put one token in the pot in the center.

3. The dreidel is a four sided spinning top with a different Hebrew letter on each side. Players take turns spinning the dreidel.

4. The player acts according to the letter which is facing up when the dreidel stops spinning.

5. The image with the Hebrew letters on the top right of this page is the game key; it shows which Hebrew letter symbolizes which move in the game. Nun means the player does nothing. Gimel means the player takes all the tokens from the pot. Hay means the player takes half of the tokens from the pot. Shin (or Pay in Israel) means the player puts one token into the pot.

6. The winner is the one with the most tokens.


And some history:

The Ancient Connection

Some people maintain that the dreidel game goes back to the time of the Greek-Syrians, and thus is integrally connected to the Hanukkah holiday. Since the Greek-Syrians prohibited the Jews from studying Torah, the Jews needed a way to hide their Torah learning. They used the dreidel as a decoy. When they saw the Greek-Syrians coming, the Jews would hide their books, take out their dreidels, and trick the Syrians into thinking they were just playing a game.

The European Connection

While the above story is a wonderful way to link the holiday's history to its modern celebration, the true source of the game is probably European.
In Europe, a gambling game with a spinning top has been played for centuries by various people in various languages. In England and Ireland, the game of totum or teetotum, first mentioned in approximately 1500, was especially popular at Christmastime. The Germans also liked to play a gambling game with a spinning top.

It is believed that the Jewish game of dreidel is a Judaicized version of the German gambling game. The Yiddish word dreidel derived from the German word drehen, which means "to spin."

The letters on the faces of the gambling toy, which were mnemonic for the rules of the game, varied in each nation. The letters on the English spinning top were: T for Take, H for Half, P for Put, N for None. In the German game, the letters were: N for Nichts (nothing), G for Ganz (all), H for Halb (half), S for Stell (put). The Hebrew letters on the dreidel seem to have come directly from the German gambling toy: Nun for Nichts (nothing), Gimel for Ganz (all), Hay for Halb (half), Shin for Stell (put).

In an effort to link the game to the celebration of Hanukkah, the Hebrew letters nun, gimel, hay and shin were said to stand for the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Sham, which means "a great miracle happened there."

The Israeli Connection

With the birth of Israel and the revival of the Hebrew language, Israelis called the dreidel a sivivon. Sivivon comes from the Hebrew word sovev which means "to turn."

Furthermore, Israelis changed the letter shin on the dreidel to the letter pay. Thus, the letters nun, gimel, hay and pay would stand for the phrase Nes Gadol Haya Po, which means "a great miracle happened here."

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Ravenshoe
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Thanks for the lesson Steve. Well said.
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Steve G
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I cheated....i swiped it from an on-line source, but forgot to include the "quote" marks....oy vey is mir....

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COOOOOOOOOL!

Thanks Steve!
...now i'm off to make a dreidel game for Playstation2 and xbox... kidding!

Happy Hanukkah buddy!

Thanks Frank for the Info about the Shakers! We should do our own version of "In search of..." for AN

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You SWIPED from an online source? For Shame! If you'd swiped from TWO online sources, you could have called it research.
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From the description, it sounds like "Dreidel" is an early form of a card game out called "Fluxx." Instead of a random dreidel side describing what the player does, it has different cards that can change the rules and goals of the game as you play. (If you haven't seen "Fluxx," at your local game store, it's real cute and easy to play. And no, I didn't write it and make no money for this plug.)

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