The children play dreidel, a game of luck.

The dreidel has four sides, each bearing a Hebrew letter - nun, gimel, hey, and shin - the initials of “Ness Gadol Haya Sham” meaning “a great miracle took place there”.

In fact, the origin of this game of luck goes back to ancient India. The Hebrew letters engraved on the four sides of the dreidel later came to stand for the conditions of the game in German-Yiddish (a dialect spoken by the majority of Jews in Europe and Russia):