Hanukkah:Games

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TheHolidaySpot brings to you some great game ideas as well as lots of online games that can be played during the festive season of Hanukkah. You can play these games yourself and refer this page to your near and dear ones.

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Popular game ideas for Hanukkah

The most popular game associated with Hanukah is the dreidel game. A dreidel is a four-sided top containing a letter on each side. Each letter stands for one word of the phrase-"A great miracle happened there (here)".

The Hebrew letter, 'nun' means 'nes', or miracle; the 'gimmel' stands for 'gadol', or great; the 'heh' means happened; and the 'shin', stands for there or when played in Israel 'peh', which stands for here.

According to the Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, there is a deeper meaning to the dreidel and its four letters. The simple dreidel represents a Jewish historical time line. The four letters stand for four different empires that tried to destroy the Jewish people: Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome.

1. The Dreidel Game:
To play this game, each player starts with ten pennies, or nuts or chocolates. Each player puts a penny in the pot. The dreidel is spun, one player at a time. If the dreidel lands on nun, nothing happens. If the dreidel lands on gimmel, the player wins the pot. If the dreidel lands on heh, the player takes half the pot.

If the player lands on shin or peh, the player adds two pennies to the pot. When no pennies are left in the pot, each player adds one. When one player has won everything, the game is over.

2. Hide The Chocolate Gelt
When the children are out of the room or busy with an activity, hide the chocolate gelt around the room. Just before it's time to go home, tell the children that there is a treat hidden around the room for each of them. Have the children hunt for their treat.


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