First Bobble Menorah and Dreidel Unveiled Ahead of Hanukkah
MILWAUKEE – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first Bobble Menorah and Bobble Dreidel. There Bobble Menorah features nine bobbling flames and comes in three color patterns. One version has blue candles, another has blue and white candles and a third has a multi-color assortment of candles. The Bobble Dreidel is on a gelt-shaped base with each side is inscribed with the Dreidel’s Hebrew letters—Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin, in a different color. The limited-edition bobbles were produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.
Each bobble is individually numbered to 5,782 to commemorate the current year. They are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The bobbles, which will ship out to customers the third week of November, are $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order.
The Menorah is the nine-branch lamp used to celebrate, remember, and honor the miracle of Hanukkah. It consists of a center branch with four branches on each side and holds candles or oil lamps. On each night of the eight-day holiday, one more light is lit than the previous night, until all eight branches are illuminated on the final night. The ninth branch is the shamash (“helper” or “servant” branch), which is used to light the other branches. The shamash must be offset on a higher or lower plane than the main eight candles or oil lamps. Since 1979, the White House has been represented at the lighting of the National Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah. Two large Menorahs are in New York City, each standing at 32 feet. One is at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, and the other is at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan near Central Park.
A Dreidel is the four-sided spinning top typically made of wood, plastic, or clay. It has Hebrew letters on each side and is commonly played during Hanukkah. It is a game of luck that uses candy, coins, nuts, or other betting tokens. The four sides of the Dreidel are Nun, Gimel, Hey and Shin. Nun means the player does nothing. Gimel means the player gets all the tokens from the pot. Hey means that they player gets half of the tokens from the pot. Shin means that they player has to put one token in the pot. The four letters are an abbreviation for the Hebrew phrase “Nes gadol haya sham,” or “A great miracle happened there,” in honor of the rededication of the Temple. According to some scholars, the dreidel developed from an Irish or English top introduced into Germany known as a teetotum, which was popular around Christmas time and dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times.
"We’re thrilled to be releasing the very first Bobble Menorah and Bobble Dreidel just in time for Hanukkah,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “Hanukkah has always been one of my favorite holidays, and it has been exciting watching this concept come to life over the past year. I hope people proudly display their Bobble Menorah and Bobble Dreidel to celebrate the Festival of Lights every year.”
About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum:
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals, and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.