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What do the Hebrew letters on a Dreidel stand for?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The four letters on the dreidel are Nun, Gimmel, Hey and Shin. The letters are an acronym for:

Nes (Nun)

Gadol (Gimmel)

Haya (Hey)

Sham (Shin)

(a great miracle happened there [in Israel]).

In Israel, the fourth letter on the dredel is a Pey instead of a Shin. The acronym is changed to "Nes Gadol Haya Po" (a great miracle happened here).

See also Why do we play Dreidel on Chanukah? For the rules of the game, go to What are the rules for a Dreidel game?


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