Let's all play dreidel

A handcrafted dreidel collection displayed every year for Chanukah.

Photographs by Cyma Shapiro

According to dictionary.com, there are so many variations for the spelling of Chanukah simply because it’s difficult to translate from Hebrew to English. One researcher, Joe Maller, supposes there are 16 ways to spell Chanukah according to Google hits. Those spellings range from Hanukkah (the most popular with 8,470,000 hits) and Chanukah (3,390,000 hits) to Chanuqa with only 25 hits.