Brooklyn, NY - In Time For Chanukah: Thereâ€™s Now a Professional Dreidel League
Brooklyn, NY - At long last, the Hanukkah dreidel is getting the respect it deserves.
The four-sided, Hebrew-letter-covered spinning top typically plays a minor role in the annual Festival of Light, but Williamsburg bar owner Eric Harris Pavony wants to change all that through Major League Dreidel, the first â€śprofessionalâ€ť sports â€śleagueâ€ť for the nationâ€™s top dreidelers.
On Dec. 12, the second night of Hanukkah, MLD Knishioner Pavony will bring his pros â€” and also the arena, the â€śSpinagogueâ€ť â€” to the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg for an evening of competition the likes of which the world hasnâ€™t seen since the days of the Second Temple.
â€śMLD validates the dreidel as a bona-fide sport â€” and its elite are recognized and respected like professional athletes,â€ť Pavony said. â€śHowever, they are paid in chocolate money.â€ť
More than 100 competitors are expected at the MLD debut.
And this is definitely not your zeydaâ€™s dreidel. Unlike traditional contests, where contestants guess the Hebrew letter on which the top will fall, MLD athletes compete to keep the dreidel rotating in the Spinagogue for the longest amount of time.
â€śSome of the best spinners are non-Jews,â€ť said Pavony. â€śAlso, part of being a great spinner is having a great spinner name like Dr. Dreidel, Spinderella, or The Gentile Giant.â€ť
Itâ€™s a pro wrestling spin on an ancient Hanukkah tradition â€” perfect for our high-tech age, Pavony believes.
â€śPeople have all these iPhone apps and video games, but they donâ€™t know how much fun dreidels can be,â€ť he said.
Spoken like a true spinmeister.
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