I designed this sleek, modern Hannukah dreidel using my signature themes of discs and cones inspired by the rings of the planet Saturn. And its defined shape draws inspiration from the Chanukah story where a small band of men overcame a powerful army. They achieved the impossible, squaring the circle, as it were.
I created the dreidel using matt anodized aluminium with a brushed finish center disc and the parts are attached by tiny screws and bolts. It is available in four different colour versions: blue, gold, purple and silver on a gold base.
As well as a striking statement piece for your modern Judaica collection, it is fully functional for a traditional game of dreidel, (or sevivon as its known in Hebrew). The game, which is usually played on Hannukah, after the lighting of the Menorah is an easy one to learn. Let me teach you …
How to play dreidel
Each player is given 10 tokens. (You can use items like chocolate money or shelled nuts for this). They keep five and place five in a central stake. Each player then takes a turn spinning the dreidel / sevivon.
“Nun” means nothing, you win nothing, you lose nothing.
“Gimel” means you take the whole stash.
“Hay” means you win half of what’s in the centre.
“Shin” means “put in” you lose and must put one more chip into the kitty.