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It also depends on where the dreidel is from, if its an Israeli made one, it will have a pey, a diaspora one will have a shin. This is because the Israeli ones say: נס גדול היה פה, Nes Gadol Hayah Poh—"A great miracle happened here"


Israel Yeivin, Introduction to the Tiberian Masorah (ed. E.J. Revell; Scholars Press, 1985) discusses these "large" and "small" letters (among other peculiarities pertaining to letters) on pp. 47-48 (§§ 84-85). He refers to the Masorah's listing of "a few dozen" examples of large letters, although in the list provided in a previous answer there are 29 ...

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