This dreidel is unique in appearance and concept. It ties together a lot of what makes me excited to be an artist– to innovate, to inspire. Standard 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 letters are altered to: ? (Nun), ? (Gimmel), ? (Hay) and ? (Pey), which stand for “Nes Gadol Haya Po.” This means that “a great miracle happened here.”
My “Be’chol Dreidel” replaces the ? (shin) or the ? (Pey) with a ?? (Bet), which stands for “Nes Gadol Haya Be’chol” (Ha Olam). This new phrase translates to: “A Great Miracle Happened All Over the World.” To me, this means that God is everywhere and for everyone. I believe that our festivals– even Hanukkah– should reflect this vision.
Here are the rules for the game of the Dreidel:
? (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 receives everything in the pot.
? (Hay): Yiddish for “halb,” or “half.” If the dreidel lands with a hey pointing down, the spinner receives 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. It is symbolic of all of us joining together to add to each other’s miracles.