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Dreydel - The Dreidel Song

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2010

This song is sung as part of the 8-day festival of light known as Hanukkah (or Chanukah), a celebration of light over darkness. A dreidel is a wooden or clay spinning top with four sides, each side representing one letter from the Hebrew alphabet. The letters are: nun - gimmel - hei - shin, which symbolize the saying "nes gadol hayah sham," or "a great miracle happened there." In Israel this saying is slightly altered to read, "a great miracle happened here." (Nun means nul or zero, gimmel means gantz or whole, hei means halb or half, and shin means shenk or give.)

I dedicate this song to my good friend Dr. Samuel D. Benjamin, with special honors to dearly beloved Julius.

I have a little dreydel,
I made it out of clay,
and when it's dry and ready,
the dreydel I shall play.

Oh, dreydel, dreydel, dreydel;
I made it out of clay.
My dreydel, dreydel, dreydel;
Now dreydel I shall play.

My dreydel's always playful,
it loves to dance and spin.
A happy game of dreydel,
come play, now let's begin.

Oh, dreydel, dreydel, dreydel;
I made it out of clay.
My dreydel, dreydel, dreydel;
Now dreydel I shall play.

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