Dreidel, the classic children toy for Chanukah comes from the Yiddish dreidelen, “to twirl, to spin.” Svivon, its Hebrew translation, coined in the 1890s, is from the root s-v-v, “to turn” plus the suffix -on, in English, “-er” — thus “turner, spinner” (much like ’afifon, “kite,”...
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What’s Chanukah without a little dreidel? Better than mario kart or guitar hero, dreidel is not only fun, but its a game about equality…because it requires absolutely no skill at all - everyone’s on the same level. I learned, however that the classic game can be pretty boring. That’s why I sat down with Jewish Joural Senior Editor Adam Wills, a dreidel expert. Together we learned basic play along with a new game…upside-down dreidel.
After the game, as always come light the Chanukah candles with us.
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Kenny Ellis sings his hit single from his ‘Hanukkah Swings!’ album on Favored Nations Records—swingingest ‘Dreidel Song’ ever
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A three-foot dancing dreidel and a visiting Holocaust survivor recall the ageless tales from a fresh perspective, when PBS station KCET airs "Chanukah Stories" on Dec. 24 and 25.
The heroes of the animated film, "Moishe's Miracle," is 8-year-old Zackary Maccabee, known as Zak Mak to...
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We call it the Festival of Lights, but Chanukah starts in a very dark place.
It begins with two stories, each very serious. One
tells of a severely outnumbered band of Jews who fought a powerful enemy for religious freedom.
And there's the other, even more painful tale of Jew...
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1. No Nostalgia for Waxing
This Chanukah, there is no more scraping, boiling water, melting with a hair dryer or freezing to remove wax drippings from your menorah because Wax-Off prevents wax from sticking to any candle-holder surface. Visit www.wax-off.net...
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