|Project by PurpLev||posted 12-02-2010 12:04 AM||2915 views||2 times favorited||34 comments|
In the spirit of the holidays, I made some svivonim (dreidels) last weekend for the family kids. unplanned for, but I ended up with 9 of them which seem to come together interestingly into different structures such as a hidden magen-david (start of david) in the first picture.
3 are made of cherry,
3 are made of applewood with 2 sides laminated with left over 1/8” mahogany veneer I cut a couple of years ago,
3 are made of mahogany with 1 side laminated with 1/64” veneer cutoff of applewood that was merely some slices off of the previous dreidels that I cleaned up.
I carved the appropriate hebrew letters on the sides and let my daughter paint them (will post pic of that later).
Happy Chanuka (starts tonight) and Happy Holidays to all.
Edit: As requested, I’ll add this to the main post, and not only as a comment that could get lost, here is the story about the letters:
There are 4 sides on the dreidel, each gets a letter.
Now, actually there are 2 versions depending on where the dreidel is made whether it be IN Israel, or abroad. If the dreidel is made in Israel then the 4 letters are:
Nun (נ) for the word ‘Ness’ which translates to a ‘miracle’
Gimel (ג) for the word ‘Gadol’ which translates to ‘Big/Great’
Heh (ה) for the word ‘Haya’ which translates to ‘happened’
Peh (פ) for the word ‘Poh’ which translates to ‘here’
The phrase נס גדול היה פה ‘Nes Gadol Haya Poh’ (great miracle happened here) refers to the miracle of Chanuka and the oil pitcher. During the Roman empire, Jews were not allowed to practice their religion in Israel, and the Menorah with it’s 6+1 lights at the Temple in Jerusalem was not allowed to be lit. the romans confiscated all the oil that was used to light the menorah, and only 1 small pitcher was left unnoticeable. The miracle was that the small pitcher supposedly refilled itself with oil every day allowing the menorah to be lit for 8 days – hence the 8 days of the holiday, and hence the lighting of the Chanukia which is a 8+1 lights version of the menorah.
Now, if the dreidel was made outside of Israel, than the last letter is changed to a Shin (ש) for the word “Sham” which translates to ‘there’ as the miracle was ‘there’ in Jerusalem.
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