A dreidel is a spinning top which is marked with a different Hebrew letter on each side (nun, gimel, hay, and shin). The letters stand for a phrase meaning "A great miracle happened there [meaning Israel]." For those dreidels made in Israel, the letters (nun, gimmel, hay, and pey) stand for "A great miracle happened here." The traditional game of Dreidel is played in Jewish homes all over the world and is a widely recognized symbol of the Holiday. Dreidels can be found in any material and are often given as gifts and displayed as decoration or pieces of a collection. If you want to spin the dreidel, here are the rules:
At the beginning of the game, each player (any number of players) is given an equal number of gelt (chocolate coins) pieces . At the beginning of each round, every player puts one piece into the center "pot." They then take turns spinning the dreidel, with the following meanings assigned to each of the Hebrew letters: Nun - the spinner gets nothing. Gimmel - the spinner gets everything in the pot. Hay - the spinner gets half of the pot. Shin or Pey - the spinner adds a game piece to the pot. Once a player runs out of game pieces they are out of the game.