Holiday Reading Comprehension

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dreidel   gelt

The Hanukkah Dreidel

A dreidel is a spinning top with four sides. Each side has a Hebrew letter on it. Dreidels are used during the December Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, to play a popular children's game.

The letters on the dreidel stand for the Hebrew words "Nes Gadol Haya Sham" which mean "a great miracle happened there." The miracle refers to the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, which lasted for eight days instead of one.

The Hanukkah dreidel game is like a game that was played during the time when Jews in ancient Greece were not allowed to practice their religion. When they came together to secretly study the Torah, they would bring a spinning top with them. If soldiers saw them, they would quickly hide what they were studying and pretend to be playing a gambling game with the top.

In the dreidel game, children spin the dreidel and bet on which Hebrew letter will show when the dreidel stops spinning. The prize is often a pot of "gelt," which are chocolate coins covered in gold wrap. If chocolate coins aren't available, any candy will do.

What is a dreidel?
a holiday
a candle holder
a spinning top
a spinning top When is Hanukkah celebrated?
on Christmas Day
in December
mid January
in December How many sides does a dreidel have?
4
6
7
4 During which holiday do children play with dreidels?
Christmas
New Year
Hanukkah
Hanukkah What is "gelt"?
peppermint candies
grapes
gold-wrapped chocolate coins
gold-wrapped chocolate coins What do the letters on the dreidel stand for?
good luck when you spin
a miracle happened there
wishes for a happy holiday
a miracle happened there What was the Hanukkah miracle?
Oil burned for 8 days instead of 1.
The dreidel spinned for 8 hours.
It doesn't say in the story.
Oil burned for 8 days instead of 1. What do you bet on when you spin the dreidel?
which letter will come up when the dreidel stops
how long the dreidel will spin
who the dreidel will point to when it stops
which letter will come up when the dreidel stops Why did the Jewish people in Ancient Greece have a top with them when they studied the Torah?
to keep the children busy
so they could pretend to be playing with it if they were discovered
to win chocolate coins
so they could pretend to be playing with it if they were discovered

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