Posted by: heatherlehrman | December 28, 2011

Fun fact about dreidels

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top that children play with on Hanukkah. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter and each letter means something different.

Fun fact:

On dreidels sold in Israel, the fourth side is inscribed with the letter פ (Pe), rendering the acronym נס גדול היה פה – Nes Gadol Haya Po, which means, “A great miracle happened here“, referring to the fact that the miracle occurred in the land of Israel.

On dreidels sold else where, the fourth side is inscribed with the letter ש (Shin), rendering the acronym נס גדול היה שם – Nes Gadol Haya Sham, “A great miracle happened there“, referring to the miracle that occurred not in Israel.

Cool right??

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