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My Dreidel

Hanukkah Songs


Title of the Song: "My Dreidel" also known as "I Have A Little Dreidel" or "I Have a Little Dreydl."

Author: The author of this song is Sam Goldfarb. Here's an article written by Susan Wolfe; Goldfarb's granddaughter, discussing this song.

What is a dreidel?: A dreidel is a toy, similar to a top. It has four sides with Hebrew letters on each side. The whole family plays this during Hanukkah; a player places a bet and spins the dreidel. When the dreidel stops spinning, the player acts based on the symbol on the side of the dreidel facing upwards. The meanings are as follows:

Nun- player does nothing
Gimel - player takes all the tokens from the pot
Hay - player takes half of the tokens from the pot
Shin - player puts one token into the pot

Lyrics {Excerpt):
I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it's dry and ready
Then, dreidel I shall play.

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay
Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
Now dreidel we shall play.

Music Clip: Listen to the sample from Songs for Teaching

Music Sheet: Free guitar tab

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