This dreidel is different– it is special. It encompasses a lot of what makes me energized to be an artist– to innovate, to inspire. Typical dreidels in America have the Hebrew letters (Nun), (Gimmel), (Hay) and (Shin), which stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham.” This means: “a great miracle happened there [in Israel].” In Israel, the Hebrew letter (Shin) is replaced by (Pey). The phrase reads “Nes Gadol Haya Po,” which means that “a great miracle happened here.”
My “Be’chol Dreidel” does something different. It replaces the ? (shin)/ ? (Pey) with a ?? (Bet). The acronym on my dreidel stands for “Nes Gadol Haya Be’chol (Ha Olam).” This means: “A Great Miracle Happened All Over the World.” Miracles are not limited; God is everywhere and for everyone. I believe our festivals– even Hanukkah– should reflect this idea.
Want to learn how to play my rendition of the dreidel? Read on:
(Nun): Yiddish for “nichts,” or “nothing.” If the dreidel lands with a nun pointing down, the spinner does nothing.
(Gimmel): Yiddish for “ganz,” or “everything.” If the dreidel lands with the gimmel pointing down, the spinner wins everything in the pot.
(Hay): Yiddish for “halb,” or “half.” If the dreidel lands with a hey pointing down, the spinner wins half of the pot.
(Bet): Hebrew for “be’chol ha olam” or “in all the world.” If the dreidel lands with a bet pointing down, ALL of the players add a game piece to the pot – pointing to my idea of the shared quality of miracles.