Is there any truth to the story that the game of dreidel played on Chanuka evolved from a similar game that Jewish children played to hide their learning of Torah from the Greeks? What is the earliest sources for this claim? And what is the earliest sources for the concept of playing dreidel on Chanuka?


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Nitei Gavriel Chanuka 51:1:1 mentions this in the name of Otzar Kol Minhagai Yeshurin, Siman 19 sif 4.

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    How old is this source?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 17:29
  • from the late 1800's
    – sam
    Commented Dec 26, 2016 at 21:16
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    And that's the earliest source for this reason. And the mechaber says that he heard it from a chochom echad. Sounds like it was an invented idea from the 1890's.
    – Mark A.
    Commented Dec 27, 2016 at 4:52

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