During my sophomore year of college, I started going abroad--usually to Europe--once a year. Most of the time, I was meeting someone over there that I knew and for some reason, they believed that I would enjoy hanging out in a Jewish section of town rather than experience the other 99.9% of the city. Fine, fine, I actually really enjoyed attending shul in Rome and hanging out at the Jewish nursing home in Oslo. But still--I'm not sure it was really necessary to walk several miles to see a sign in Hebrew that a friend found in Barcelona.
With that first trip, I started purchasing a dreidel wherever I went. I don't really love Chanukkah but dreidels are small and inexpensive and can be thrown into a sock at the bottom of a bag and make it back to America in one piece. So we now have this incredibly large dreidel collection (most of the unbreakable ones have the commandeered by the ChickieNob and hidden around the house in small nooks that she refers to as her "snuvs"--I have only found two of her snuvs therefore, I'm not entirely sure where most of the dreidels are currently hidden).
Below are three of my favourites. The metal one is a gift from a friend who brought it back from Jerusalem (people know that I collect dreidels so I now end up with one when friends travel as well). The blue one in the center comes from Venice, Italy from the island of Murano. I ended up with this dreidel because while we were in a store, I spun a huge glass dreidel to show my friend how they work and it ended up spinning off the shelf and bounced off four cardboard boxes until it hit the floor completely in tact. Everyone in the store was silent and staring at me and I was so embarrassed that I picked it off the floor, grabbed that blue dreidel and said, "I'd like to buy this, please." The last dreidel also comes from Israel and it is the one I purchased instead of the "one that got away"--a gorgeous metal dreidel that opened up like a locket. When I returned to the store, it was gone. I purchased this one because I loved the font used for the letters. And it says "nes gadol ha'ya po" (a great miracle happened here) instead of "nes gadol ha'ya sham" (a great miracle happened there) as all dreidels do outside of Israel.
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