A dreidel is a four-sided top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: (Nun), (Gimel), (Hei), (Shin), which together form the acronym for (Nes Gadol Haya Sham a great miracle happened there). These letters also form a mnemonic for the rules of a gambling game played with a dreidel: Nun stands for the Yiddish word nit (nothing), hei stands for halb (half), gimel for gants (all), and shin for shteln (put). The Yiddish word dreydl comes from the word dreyen (to turn).
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