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The Schmooze

The Santa Claus Dreidel: Peaceful Compromise Or Assimilation Nightmare?

I had a little dreidel, I made it out of the fusing of two diametrically opposed religious traditions!

It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. But with the intermarriage debate continuing to spin Jews of every denomination into a tizzy, can spinning a wooden top hurt? Could a great miracle happen here, in America, where consuming material goods has so often had the capacity to smooth over our greatest cultural anguish?

According to Archie McPhee, the Seattle-based oddities company, the answer is “maybe!” The “charmingly misguided” (according to the company’s own description) dreidel is “sure to confound and confuse both Jews and Gentiles alike.”

And in case the Santa Dreidel doesn’t amuse you, I humbly offer you a deluxe dreidel stadium: Spinagogue.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny




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