The game of dreidel, played most often around Hanukkah, was invented as a way for Jewish children to hide that they were studying the Torah during a time in which doing so was punishable by death.
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The word "dreidel" comes from the Yiddish word "dreyen," which means "to spin." 00:49
According to Jewish legend, the dreidel was originally used as a ploy to fool Greek soldiers. 01:39
Major League Dreidel has hosted tournaments in multiple cities. 03:29
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