This is a little silly, but...

Should the letters on a dreidel be in order? Like, if you turned it right to left, should it go nun - gimel - hey - shin, because of "nes gadol haya sham"? Or are there no rules because it's just a traditional toy and not a ritual object?

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    Hey aleck, welcome to Mi Yodeya! Thanks for bringing your question here. My feeling is that it's just a toy, but I don't know for sure. || You might want to consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. I hope to see you around MY! :)
    – MTL
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 0:50
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/50429/…
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 3:57
  • I'm not quite understanding exactly what you're asking. There's no professional dreidel association that mandates a standard dreidel for professional competitions. Are you asking if there's a halacha about how a dreidel should look? I guess I'm asking what you mean by rules. There is definitely a set form that pretty much all dreidel manufacturers follow, but there's no halacha requiring that it be that way
    – Daniel
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 12:59
  • One of the main sources regarding dreidel (the letters, and being made out of 1 piece of wood) is the הג״ה in the במי יששכר I don't remember offhand if he discusses the order but I will try to post an answer when I am able to look it up
    – y.lub
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 14:16

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Traditional object not a ritual, and it should go from right to left like any other hebrew.


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"

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