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Dreidel Games
By: Rivka C. Berman, Contributor
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Game One
One Dreidel and a bunch of small items to act as counters. Raisins, pretzel sticks, M&M's, chocolate coins, beans.

Game Play:
   · Divide the counters equally among the players.
   · Every player contributes one counter into a central pile. This becomes the "pot."
   · Players spin the dreidel in turn and contribute or collect items from the pot based upon which letter faces up when the dreidel stops its spin.

- Nun - Nisht - the player collects nothing from the pot.
- Gimmel - Gantz - the player gets it all.
- Hey - Halb - The player collects half of the pot.
- Shin - Shtel - The player sets one of his own items into the pot.

The player who gains the most items wins.

Game Two
Celebrate the everyday miracles on this holiday of miracles. In this version, players act as their own dreidels, spinning to find the miracles every day brings.

   · One player stands in the middle of a room.
   · With eyes closed, the player extends one arm and turns around.
   · The rest of the players sing a brief snippet of a Chanukah song like "Oh, Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel."
   · When the song ends, the player opens his or her eyes and notes a miracle that has happened with the item that is pointed at.

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