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Tell about your first memories of a dreidel.

My first dreidel memories:


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isn't it just a spinning top?
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Hail_King_Kakao wrote:

isn't it just a spinning top?


It's a special Hanukkah top.
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I remeber in school some parent came and served us some type of food made put of potatos or something served with apple sauce and started talking about judaism. Thinking back shouldn't that have been illegal? I was in elementary by the way.
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RIGHT. Explain. Because it's a spinning top - what is it's significance? I've always wondered.
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I can't, I'm not Jewish
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Hail_King_Kakao wrote:

isn't it just a spinning top?


It has Hebrew characters on it--which spell out a secret acronym code celebrating Hanukah--but also stand for a game where whatever spinning character lands on top when it falls over helps you to collect or lose chips, tokens, or, the particular traditional favorite...chocolate gold coins.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreidel

(And as Gilbert Gottfried once joked, "What a way to teach young kids pride in their Jewish heritage: A game where we learn to love gold coins and collect as many from the other players as possible! ")
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Eviltwinkee wrote:

I remeber in school some parent came and served us some type of food made put of potatos or something served with apple sauce and started talking about judaism. Thinking back shouldn't that have been illegal? I was in elementary by the way.


Separation of church and state regulation is complicated. I think it was legal because they taught about multiple things. In my case.
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So it's like a religious gambling item?
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Eviltwinkee wrote:

I remeber in school some parent came and served us some type of food made put of potatos or something served with apple sauce and started talking about judaism. Thinking back shouldn't that have been illegal? I was in elementary by the way.


You were served potato latke, a type of hashbrown. I've taken to making it after coming across a recipe on Yummily. The recipe I use calls for both grated onion and potato. I omit the applesauce.
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never heard of it..
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I don't remember when I first encountered a dreidel, I do remember there being lots of chocolate coins though.
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I learned of that when I was very young
pretty sure there's a south park scene about it too...
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Pretty sure it was in the third or fourth grade, when my elementary school was still doing holiday (Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa) celebrations.
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During "Show and Tell" in third grade.
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