Daily Israel Report

Chanukah Photo Essay: The Safran Dreidel Collection

One of the most beautiful private collections of Chanukah dreidels in the world belongs to a New York rabbi whose job has no connection to art.
By Hana Levi-Julian
First Publish: 12/7/2010, 1:46 AM / Last Update: 12/7/2010, 8:15 AM

MK Photography, Martin Kam

One of the most beautiful private collections in the world of Chanukah tops or dreidels, as the spinning tops are called in Yiddish, belongs to a New York rabbi with a doctorate in administration from Yeshiva University, whose "day job" has nothing to do with art.

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran serves as Vice President of Communications and Marketing of the Orthodox Union (OU) Kashruth Division, and a frequent contributor of Torah essays on the Israel National News website. 

His most recent book, “Meditations at Sixty: One Person, Under God, Indivisible,” is published by KTAV Publishing House.

He is also the author of “Kos Eliyahu – Insights into the Haggadah and Pesach,” which has been translated into Hebrew and published by Mosad HaRav Kook, Jerusalem.

But it is the rabbi's stunning collection of Chanukah dreidels that may make his biggest statement. Following is a small selection he kindly sent to INN.

Israel news photos: MK Photography, Martin Kamornik of Brooklyn, New York

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

                                                                                                                                   

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbi Eliyahu Safran displays one of the largest dreidels in his collection of some of the rarest versions of the popular holiday toys.