Dreidel If You're Able!

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In our past three Blogs, we gave you latke facts, recipes, and songs. Now we start three blogs about dreidels!

Today's post is just some dreidel trivia. Did you know:

Dreidel is variation of Teetotum, a popular gambling game when the Roman Empire ruled Israel. The rules were the same, only the letters changed. It's unknown whether the Jewish version originated during Roman times or much later, because the game was popular throughout Europe for a very long time. 

The world's largest dreidel was 18 feet tall and made out of recycled materials. It had to be hoisted upright by a small crane and it took three people to spin.

One rabbi in Brooklyn claims to have over 1,000 dreidels from all over the world. Watch his video:

 

In gematria, where each Hebrew letter is assigned a number to represent it, the letters nun, gimmel, heh, and shin add up to 358, the same numerical value as Meshiach (or messiah). MIND. BLOWN.

We'll post two more of our delightful dreidel dips -- one for each of the days left until Hanukkah. Come back tomorrow!