Dreidel is a 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.
In our blog post few days ago we stumbled across an amazing latke recipe. Then we found an EVEN BETTER one! This recipe we love for potato latkes (also known as levivot ) will use a food processor to make the prep easy and simple. The latkes you will taste later will have a smoother and more uniform texture than the traditional hand made latkes. And if you don't have a food processor, just check out the previous recipe here :) Try it now as a warm up for Hanukkah or wait until December. Doesn't matter to us, we just sell Jewish Products...
On Hanukkah, you got to have a good dreidel. There's just no other way to spin it.
We've always been satisfied with the store brand kind. But some people go all out, blinging up their spinning sticks in all sorts of awesome and creative ways. Take a look at some of our fave designs:
Hanukkah is all about singing and spinning. We'll write about spinning and the dreidel. BUT This post is about singing. Jewish holidays go together with Jewish songs like matzo and balls, like apples and honey, like bagels and cream cheese. Even the gentiles get into the act! It's a little known fact: several successful artists wrote hits about latkes, then changed the words because their music labels told them to. For example, our super sleuths uncovered the original names of these famous songs: Snoop Dogg -- "Drop It Like It's a Hot Latke" Nelly Furtado -- "I'm Latke Bird" Madonna...