Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Play Dreidel Game for Hanukkah

Dreidel is fun game that we love playing around Hanukkah. It is a simple fun family game. Want to learn how to play? Of course you do.


1. Dreidel
2. Gelt(chocolate coins wrapped in foil), M&M's, beans, or anything thing you like.

How many people do you need to play? You need at least 2 players and  you can have as many people as you like to play the dreidel game.
If you don't have a dreidel well don't fret cause you can make your own. Just google it and you will find many ways to make one.

Basic Rules: 
At the beginning of the game each player is given gelt, candy (we use M & M's), or you can use dried beans. I like to start with around 15 pieces in the middle.
At the beginning of each round, every one puts 1 piece into the center "pot." They then take turns spinning the dreidel, with the following meanings assigned to each of the Hebrew letters: 

*Nun (נ)-nischt - "nothing" - the next player spins 
*Gimmel (ג)-gantz - "all" - the player takes the entire pot
*Hey (ה)- halb - "half" - the player takes half of the pot, rounding up if there is an odd number
*Shin (ש)- shtel - "put in" - the player puts one or two in the pot

If a player runs out of game pieces they are "out."

Origins of the Dreidel:

A game similar to the dreidel game was popular during the rule of Antiochus. During this period Jews were not free to openly practice their religion, when they gathered to study Torah they would bring a top with them. If soldiers would appear, they would quickly hide what they were studying and pretend to be playing a gambling game with the top.

Meaning of the Hebrew Letters on a Dreidel:

A dreidel has one Hebrew letter on each side. Outside of Israel, those letters are: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hay) and ש (Shin), which stand for the Hebrew phrase "Nes Gadol Haya Sham." This phrase means "A great miracle happened there [in Israel]."

After the State of Israel was founded in 1948 the Hebrew letters were changed for dreidels used in Israel. They became: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hay) and פ (Pey), which stand for the Hebrew phrase "Nes Gadol Haya Po." This means "A great miracle happened here."
The miracle referred to in both versions of the Hebrew phrase is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, which lasted for eight days instead of one.

Have fun playing dreidel!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah family and friends! 
May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.
 picture of a dreidel for hanukkah free cliparts that you can download ...

Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wisdomantics Game Review and Giveaway

Edie is the winner of the Wisdomantics Game. Thank you all who entered.

Wisdomantics utilizes 2 DVDs which contain 400 multiple-choice questions/proverbs. There is a built-in variable timer which automatically adjusts for 1st, 2nd and final attempt questions. The DVD will grade your response and King Solomon will quote the proverb when you answer correctly.

Finally, the DVD will instruct players when to draw a specialty card which will enable them to navigate the game board.

The game board illustrations chronicle Solomon’s life! They begin with his most notable acts and achievements and end with a divided kingdom through disobedience and rebellion. Hear King Solomon quote his wise biblical truths. The audio-visual element is a huge plus and adds greater depth to the game. Players may also strategize with specialty cards, which can skip or detain opponents, recover lost assets, and provide protection from adverse scenarios. To replicate Solomon’s temple, players receive colored tiles (gold, cypress and cedar) as they navigate the game board. The first player to complete their Solomon’s temple scorecard wins! For 2 to 4 players and ages 12 and up.


My Thoughts:

My family loves board games and we get pretty excited over them. As a mom I get even more excited when the game is Biblical based game. So I was real excited when I got a chance to review Wisdomantics by Kingdom Game Enterprises, LLC. At the end of the post you will have an opportunity to win your own Wisdomantics ($29.99).

What's in the box? You will find 2 interactive DVDs which, has 400 questions from the Proverbs, score cards, game board, blessing cards, 4 game pieces, advancement cards, colored tiles in a plastic holder.