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A great miracle happened here

Some time ago, Shay, one of Jeff’s colleagues at Dell, brought us some presents from Israel. Yesterday, Jeff found a small parcel at the office, from him. It contained a cute yellow dreidel, the type you use  to play at Hanukkah.

Jewish dreidels are imprinted on each side with a Hebrew letter. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words נס גדול היה שם (Nes Gadol Haya Sham, “A great miracle happened there”), referring to the miracle of the oil that took place in the Beit Hamikdash. Therefore, a dreidel will typically bear the following four letters:

  • נ (Nun)
  • ג (Gimel)
  • ה (Hey)
  • ש (Shin)

In this case – and that’s the real cute thing – the dreidel comes from Israel, so the letters are different, to reflect that “A great miracle happened here” (as opposed to ‘there’): נס גדול היה פה, Nes Gadol Hayah Poh. In place of letter Shin (ש), our dreidel has letter פ (Pei).


The gift was unexpected and it made my day while being heavily sick (maybe the walk at Cabinteely park in this cold weather wasn’t a smart move, after all…).

Thank you, Shay!

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