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Posted 6/17/16

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So it's like a religious gambling item?


Yup, but with chocolate
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Posted 6/18/16
How entertaining.
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I remember my favorite toy when I was too young to really understand what I was looking at.
It was a big heavy spinning top with a corkscrew handle on top, when you pushed the handle down, it spins the top faster each time you pushed the handle down and it would stand up and move around in random directions.
It was metal and had lots of different colours and patterns on the sides.
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I believe I had an electronic dreidel when I was a toddler... never figured how to work those things.
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I believe I had an electronic dreidel when I was a toddler... never figured how to work those things.


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The first time I remember was two wooden ones I have since I was like 7 or something. I've probably seen them before.
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Apparently, dreidel is Irish or something, originally, but then the Germans ingested it.
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Sorry, I guess I'm still a dreidel virgin. I have never seen one before and South Park really doesn't count, does it? I really didn't know any Jewish children growing up and if I did they didn't exactly advertise it. In my elementary school there was only two African Americans and one Spanish kid also. Middle school and high school had a much more diverse culture but I really didn't know any Jewish kids or teenagers growing up. I knew about Hanukah and all that but I never got to see a dreidel. Now I'm going to have to go find one somewhere so I can see if there's any real difference between them and a normal top lol. I wish I had been exposed to more Judaism and their culture growing up.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

I believe I had an electronic dreidel when I was a toddler... never figured how to work those things.


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the ones with flashing lights...?
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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.


Wow quite intolerant aren't we... oh wait your from California so I suppose if they were talking about being gay/trans then you would have celebrated him as a hero.
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I'm Jewish, so.......Probably before I was old enough to remember, haha. It's part of a game traditionally played on Hanukkah. It's like a four-sided spinning top, with a Hebrew letter on each side. The idea being each player starts out with a pool of chocolate coins and takes turns spinning the dreidel. Depending on which letter it lands on, you either put some of your coins into the center 'shared' pool, or take some out of the center and put them in your pool. If all players except one end up with no coins, the last player wins. It's actually pretty fun.

The traditional significance comes from a story having to do with the holiday itself. Hanukkah celebrates the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks who conquered Israel for a time and, according to tradition, tried to outlaw all practice of Judaism. But the scholars still studied Torah and Jewish laws in secret. One story about the time goes that when the Greek soldiers would come knocking on the doors, looking for Jews who were secretly practicing, they would quickly hide all the scrolls, etc. Instead, they'd pretend they were gambling with tops, which was apparently common in that era. Hence the game of Driedel being a Hanukkah thing.

The potato thing you were fed was probably Latkes - a traditional Hanukkah food that's basically just hashbrowns with slightly different spices. It's traditional to eat fried foods on Hanukkah to commemorate the relighting of the giant Menorah in the Temple - which was sorta the "climax" of the revolt against the Greeks who tried to stop Jewish practice in ancient times. The Menorah had oil lamps, hence fried foods. Another classic favorite being jelly donuts, yum.

Also, that's why Jews light menorahs in the windows on Hanukkah - to sort of 'show off' and celebrate the fact that we're allowed to practice Judaism, since the symbolism of the whole holiday is commemorating a fight over our ability to do so.
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oops, double post. Can I delete this one?
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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.


Wow quite intolerant aren't we... oh wait your from California so I suppose if they were talking about being gay/trans then you would have celebrated him as a hero.

Yeah i meant because of seperation of church in state. Besides i don't care for religon you believe in what ever the hell you want as long as your beliefs don't hurt anyone. How about next time you dont just jump to conclusions like an idiot, also what does me being from california have to do with anything?
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Posted 6/18/16 , edited 6/18/16

Rujikin wrote:


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.


Wow quite intolerant aren't we... oh wait your from California so I suppose if they were talking about being gay/trans then you would have celebrated him as a hero.


And still talking about religion? Also, you're being quite presumptuous about what he would've done in a different scenario when they can easily be refuted. Stop being a jerk.


In response to Eviltwinkee, there are a few rules about it, ranging in the most severe for Elementary teachers and less severe for High School students. Teachers and faculty cannot initiate, say, a prayer vigil, although valedictorians and similar are allowed to talk for the most part freely about their religion, even asking for a moment of prayer in my schools case.
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Posted 6/18/16
don't know, 3 or 4? it was from cousins, who grew up in a Christian-Jewish household, so celebrated Hannakuh in addition to Christmas.
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