What are dreidels? Dreidels, also spelled driedles, are spinning tops with four sides that are played during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each side of the driedel features a Hebrew letter, Nun, Gimmel, Hey, and Shin. Each letter is the first letter of the words in the phrase 'a great miracle happened there.' This refers to the miracles of Chanukah that are celebrated during this Jewish Holiday.
What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is referred to as the festival of lights and celebrates the Jewish victory over the Greeks during the time of the Second Temple. The Jews were being persecuted and were not able to study Torah, so even though they were small in numbers they fought their oppressors and came out on top. The second miracle of Hanukah is that the remaining drop of oil in the temple was meant to last for one night, but for some reason lasted eight nights. These miracles are celebrated by lighting a eight branched Menorah for eight nights and playing dreidel with friends.
World of Judaica has an extensive collection of dreidels for sale. Dreidels are the perfect Jewish gift for Hanukkah. If you are in the market to buy a dreidel, keep in mind that dreidels can come in wood, plastic, and more sophisticated glass materials. The plastic dreidels are sold in bulk sets in order to play the game with a group.
When looking for dreidels, check out Menorahs for sale and our matchboxes collection. Be sure to read our Hanukkah learning page for more information about this Jewish holiday.