created at: 2012-11-25After my first book, Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish was published, I decided to develop a game that families could play that would complement the book and be as fun as a game of dreidel. I had no idea the tradition of playing cards on Hanukkah is over 500 years old!

A trilingual game was too complex so I scaled back to Eglish and Hebrew (with transliteration). What began as one game ended up as three and original rules gave way to Hanukkah-themed games everyone knows. “Hanukkah Go Fish” introduces the Hanukkah story through symbols, “Hanukkah Crazy 8’s” teaches numbers, and “Hanukkah Rummy” teaches colors.

created at: 2012-11-25Hanukkah Go Fish: 4 cards each of: Menorah, Candle, Gelt, Heroes, Shamash, Dreidel, Latke, Maccabees, Judah the Maccabee, Mattathias, Jelly Doughnut, Elephant, Antiochus

Hanukkah Rummy: 4 suits (1-2-3-4) of 11 Colors

Hanukkah Crazy 8’s: 52-card Deck! 4 suits (Candles, Dreidels, Stars, Gelt): 1 to 10, Jack, Queen, King

Hanukkah Handbook: Hanukkah Story, Dreidel Rules, Latke Recipe, Hebrew Language Basics

If you’re looking for a beautifully designed Hanukkah gift packed with Jewish tradition, consider “Hanukkah Card Games.” And, don’t forget to pick up a few copies of Hanukkah Coloring & Activity Book. Popular across the Jewish spectrum, secular to Orthodox, and great for interfaith families. No prior knowledge is necessary, but if you know a lot, the games and books are still fun.

created at: 2011-12-06Locally, you’ll find “Hanukkah Card Games” and Hanukkah Coloring & Activity Book at the Israel Book Shop, Kolbo, New England Mobile Book Fair, Shuki’s, Green Planet, and Brookline Booksmith. All Emily Sper products are available online.

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