Hanukkah Toys


Hanukkah Toy—Dreidel is a very important toy for children to play on the day of Hanukkah. It reminds Jews of the miracle that happened two thousand years ago. It is a four-sided spinning top that has four words inscribed on its four sides with a meaning and significance. ach letter on the Hanukkah Toy—Dreidel, stands for a Hebrew word. When put together the words read as—Ness Gadol Hayah Sham. In English it means, "A Great Miracle Happened There".


This great miracle that the Hanukkah Toys refers to has a history that dates back to thousand of years ago. Long ago, there was a Syrian ruler named Antiochus who wanted to get rid of the Jewish people. However, there was a brave Jewish priest named Mattathias and his five sons who led a revolt against him. Victory after victory followed them. They rededicated the Temple. The oil with which they lighted the menorah miraculously lasted for eight days. There was a great celebration for eight days, and it was determined that the Jewish people should observe the festival of Hanukkah every year.

The Hanukkah Toy — Dreidel has a history and explains about the significance of the great war and bloodshed that took place. The four letters which appear on the four corners of a dreidel alude to the miracle of Hanukkah. They spell out—Nes (N-miracle), Gadol (G-great), Haya (H-happened) and Sham (S-there, meaning in Israel). Apart from dreidel, other Hanukkah toys can include musical Yo Yo, maze game, puzzles and many others. These toys are also best for Hanukkah gift giving.

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