A TikkunKnits Dreidel
Dreidl is a Yiddish word meaning “top” or “little spinning thing, and no Hanukkah is complete without a game or two. Why do Jews play with dreidels during Hanukkah? According to tradition, dreidel games were used to cover Torah study during the Maccabean period, when the Greeks outlawed Jewish study. Like lighting the Hanukkah menorah candles, playing dreidel games are a playful reminder of divine miracles: the letters on the dreidel – Nun, Gimel, Hay and Shin – spell out “A great miracle happened there”: Nes (N-miracle), Gadol (G-great), Haya (H-happened) and Sham (S-there, meaning in Israel).
To play with your dreidel …
Each player puts a peanut, raisin, penny or piece of chocolate “gelt” (money) in the center (This year, why not make this Fair Trade chocolate gelt). Then the first player spins the dreidel. If it lands on:
Nun—the player does nothing
Gimmel—the player takes everything in the center
Hey—the player takes half
Shin—the player puts one item in
Before the next player spins, everyone puts another piece in the center.
There are links to templates for paper dreidels: (here, here , or this Star Wars version, the Droidl – you may not be able to tuck this one inside the knitted version). For more dreidel fun, you can make any of three origami versions. Then of course there’s the electronic dreidel to play with if you’ve gambled away your new knitted top.
Have some dreidel fun! And knit for peace.
While the dreidel is a game, peace is not. All TikkunKnits patterns are created as Patterns for Peacebuilders, and this one is no exception. So, this pattern will be available free until the end of the holiday (2008), and then available here for a nominal contribution to one of these peacemaking organizations. Please contact me at tikkunknits (at) yahoo (dot) com, or leave a comment below, if you have any concerns or questions.
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