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2" W x 4" H
This stunning pewter and fused glass dreidel comes in four different designs and brings a touch of elegance to your Hanukkah celebration. Tiny flecks of gold are fused with the glass and the Hebrew letters, nun, gimmel, hay and shin are painted on the surface in gold. The dreidel is offered in four different designs and each one is signed by the artist.|
Please indicate in the comment field of the order form which dreidel design you would like.
Cosmos - deep cobalt blue
Fiesta - white with floral colors
Black and white
Galaxy - black with soft white, blues and greens
About the dreidel--
A dreidel, or sevivan in Hebrew, is a four-sided spinning top adorned with the Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, hay, and shin, which mean Ness Gadol Hayah Sham, or "A great miracle happened there."
About the process of fusing glass --
The art of fusing glass dates back 4000 years to the Middle East. For Sara´s dreidels, each custom designed glass piece is cut and then fired in a kiln at 1400 degrees Farenheit, at which temperature the pieces of glass literally fuse. The edges round, and the surfaces take on a brilliant gloss. Variations in color and iridescence spring from both the nature of the glass and of the unique handmade process.
Artist: Sara Beames
"I wanted to email my thanks for handling my order so nicely. I have to admit I ripped off the wrapping (the dreidel I ordered is for my husband), and I was so very pleased with the contents. It is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and unique dreidels we own, and I can’t wait to give it to him. Count on my business in the future. Thanks very much."
How to Play Dreidel
Rules for the popular Hanukkah game
By Noam Zion
Reprinted with permission from A Different Light: The Hanukkah Book of Celebration published by the Shalom Hartman Institute and Devora Publishing.
The Hebrew word for dreidel is sevivon, which, as in Yiddish, means to turn around. Dreidels have four [Hebrew] letters on them, and they stand for the saying, “Nes Gadol Haya Sham,”meaning “a great miracle occurred there.” In Israel, instead of the fourth letter "shin," there is a "peh," which means the saying is “Nes Gadol Haya Po”--“a great miracle occurred here.”
Playing with the dreidel is a traditional Hanukkah game played in Jewish homes all over the world, and rules may vary. Here´s how to play the basic dreidel game:
1. Any number of people can take part in this great game.
2. Each player begins the game with an equal number of game pieces (about 10-15) such as pennies, nuts, chocolate chips, raisins, matchsticks, etc.
3. At the beginning of each round, every participant puts one game piece into the center "pot." In addition, every time the pot is empty or has only one game piece left, every player should put one in the pot.
4. Every time it´s your turn, spin the dreidel once. Depending on the outcome, you give or get game pieces from the pot:
a) Nun means "nisht"or "nothing" [in Yiddish]. The player does nothing.
b) Gimmel means "gantz"or "everything" [in Yiddish]. The player gets everything in the pot.
c) Hey means "halb"or "half" [in Yiddish]. The player gets half of the pot. (If there is an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes half of the total plus one).
d) Shin (outside of Israel) means "shtel" or "put in" [in Yiddish]. Peh (in Israel)means "pay." The player adds a game piece to the pot.
5. If you find that you have no game pieces left, you are either "out" or may ask a fellow player for a "loan."
The four sides of the dreidel, from right: nun, gimmel, hey, and shin
6. When one person has won everything, that round of the game is over!
7. We suggest that if you use money to play the game, ask players to donate part or all of their winnings to tzedakah (charity). You can ask parents to match these contributions. This way everyone wins and you can share the Hanukkah gifts with those in need!