Why Do We Play Dreidel on Chanukah?

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Why do we play dreidel on Chanuka?

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  1. Playing dreidel is more than just a bit of holiday fun. It teaches us a profound lesson about Jewish history. It sympolizes the four major exiles that the Jews have expereinced: Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Just like a spinning dreidel, each of these empires has its moment in the sun but will eventually fall. In history, as with the dreidel, only two things remain constant: the point on which it revolves and the handle above. The point around which the dreidel revolves symbolizes the eternal Jewish people, while the hand from above which spins the dreidel of history is the Divine Providence of God.

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