What is a Dreidel?

A driedel is the centerpiece toy and game for kids played during Hanukkah. It’s a four-sided spinning top with Hebrew letters on each side.  It’s such a fun game to play with kids as there’s gelt to be won on every spin.

Here are the rules:

In the first round, each player places 1 piece of gelt in the centre.

Everyone takes their turn to spin the dreidel.

The winnings of each person to spin depend on which letter is facing up after the Dreidel has finished spinning.

If ג (gimel) which means ‘everything’ is facing up, the player gets everything in the centre of the pot.

If נ (nun) which meaning ‘nothing’ is facing up, the player does nothing and the next player spins.

If ה (hei) which means ‘half’  is facing up, the player gets half of the pot.

If ש (shin) which means ‘put in’ or פ (pei) which means ‘pay’ is facing up, the player adds a piece of their gelt to the centre pot.

If the spinner has no gelt left they are out of the game. But if their fellow players are feeling generous, they may ask another player for a loan!


  1. viv srebrenik says:

    Cool! Have one at home and hadn´t any clue of what it was for! Thank you. Many Hugs from Argentina;

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