The nations top dreidel spinners will compete in a Major League Dreidel tournament this Sunday (Dec. 21) in Manhattan, but be forewarned, the Jewish spinning sport can get so exciting, it knocks your lox off.
Major League Dreidel Knishioner Eric Pavony says players battle for several intense rounds in a spin zone dubbed the spinagogue, and whoever spins their dreidel the longest wins.
He compares dreidel dropping to Americas favorite pastime, with a Hasidic spin.
Says Pavony: Its like a baseball game fans cheering and fists pumping.
He jokes that sometimes contenders lose their grips and fans catch foul dreidels when they twirl off the spinagogue, much like a foul ball.
Pavony says MVPs use a classic spin, where the head is pointed down, while rebels opt for the forespin, where the stem of the dreidel is pointed down, but laments, There are no points for style.
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