Thursday, December 14

Hanukkah Dreidel From Israel

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A Hebrew name Hayyim Nahman Bialik used a different word, “kirkar” from the root “KRKR” which mean “to spin”, he used it in his poems, but it was not adopted into spoken Hebrew.

                Some Jewish philosophers and commentators ascribe symbolic significance to the writings and markings on the dreidel. They connect the four letters with the 4 exiles to which the nation of Israel was historically subject Rome, Greece, Persia, and Babylonia.

                While not being ruled and mandated for Hanukkah the Dreidel is a customary game played during the holiday seasons and has become one of the symbols icon associated with Hanukkah.

                The dreidel, or sevivon in Hebrew, is a 4-sided spinning top that children love to play with on Hanukkah. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter. Some say the dreidel game is played to give importance to a game devised by the Jews to stealth the fact that they were studying Torah, which was prohibited by Greeks. The Jews would group and gather in caves to study, posting a lookout to alarm the group to the presence of Greek soldiers. If enemy were spotted, the Jews would quickly hide their scrolls and spin tops, so the Greeks thought they were only gambling, not learning.

                An example of dreidel is the Hanukkah wood dreidel from Israel, On each side there is a different Hebrew letter: Nun, Heh, Gimel and Peh, corresponding to the words in the sentence (nes gadol haya po) which means A great miracle happened here. It is made up from wood, with measurement of; Height: 6cm/2.4inch, width 3.2cm/1.2inch.

                Another kind of dreidel is crystal glass dreidel, this crystal glass dreidel was executed and designed in crystal boron glass by Frankie Jones of the Frabel artistic staff. Each of these in boron crystal glass is signed by the artist and bears the trade mark of the Studio. Since they are hand made no 2 sculptural renderings of the dreidel in crystal glass will ever be exactly the same.

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