Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter



I Have a Little Dreidel

Bracha Rosman

“Maybe he’ll think I’m upset he gave me an ordinary dreidel. You know, like I’m only happy he comes because of the presents he brings”

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

 Mishpacha image

Photo: Shutterstock

"A dreidel,”

Chaim stuffed the dreidel in his pocket then ran out the front door straight to his neighbor Mendy’s house.

“So what did your uncle buy you?” Mendy asked.

Chaim showed him.

“A dreidel?” Mendy said. “Last time, he bought you a drone, and the time before that an electric scooter.”

Chaim shoved it back into his pocket.

“You must be upset,” Mendy said.

“A little … okay, a lot.”

“Wait a minute!” Mendy said. “Let me see that dreidel again.” He inspected every inch.

“What are you looking for?” Chaim asked.

“Your uncle always gives you the most amazing presents. I bet this dreidel does something special.”

“Hey, maybe you’re right. Why would Uncle Shaya give me an ordinary dreidel? There has to be something special about it.”

“Let’s go ask him what it does.”

Chaim hesitated. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.” “Why not?”

“Maybe he’ll think I’m upset he gave me an ordinary dreidel. You know, like, I’m only happy he comes because of the presents he brings.”

Mendy nodded. Then he snapped his fingers. “I know! We’ll tell him you can’t wait to use it in the school’s dreidel game next week. If this dreidel does do something special, I’m sure your uncle will tell you about it.”

“Mendy, you’re a genius!”

“Hi, boys,” Chaim’s mother said as they rushed through Chaim’s front door, “Mendy, are you staying for dinner?”

“Sure, thanks.”

“Where’s Uncle Shaya?” Chaim asked.

“Minchah.”

They would have to speak to him later.

 

“So, boys,” Chaim’s father said as he scooped mashed potatoes onto his fork. “How’s school?” “Good,” Chaim said. “Rebbi’s organizing a dreidel game for the whole school next week.” He looked at his uncle. “He said we should each bring our own dreidel.” Uncle Shaya smiled.

Chaim cleared his throat. “I think I’ll use the one you gave me.” “Great.” Uncle Shaya took a bite of schnitzel.

“And guess what?” Chaim said. “The winner earns a free pizza lunch for his whole class.” Uncle Shaya nodded.

“It sure would be nice if I had some sort of magical dreidel so we could win that pizza lunch.” “A magical dreidel would be nice,” Uncle Shaya laughed. He winked at Chaim then went back to cutting his schnitzel.

“So it is a special dreidel!” Mendy said later.

“Just because my uncle winked doesn’t mean it is.”

“Your uncle didn’t just wink. First he said ‘a magical dreidel would be nice,’ then he winked. That means for sure the dreidel has a secret!”

Chaim pulled the dreidel from his pocket. “I have a better idea. Let’s try it out.” He spun the dreidel, and they held their breaths. “Gimmel!” they shouted together. “Okay,” Chaim said, “you try.”

Related Stories

The Art of Comics

Sivi Sekula

Walk into any Jewish book store and the first thing to hit your eye is sure to be the latest kosher ...

Unwrapped

Bracha Stein

Involuntarily, Chava smoothed her sheitel, but her brown bob couldn’t hold a candle to Miri’s locks....

Lifetakes: More than Toys

Faigy Markowitz

We only saw her a few times a year, but every time there was a huge shopping bag filled with toys, p...

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.
CAPTCHA
Message


MM217
 
Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without