Rabbi Eliyahu Safran and dreidel from his col
Rabbi Eliyahu Safran and dreidel from his col Israel news photo: Shimon Gifter

Holidays bring out all the color and joy that a culture can produce and among Jews the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights is especially exciting with its nightly candelabra, games for the children, special foods for the family, and works of art that symbolize the season.

All Israel news photos courtesy of Shimon Gifter.

Rabbi Safran arranges dreidels in a glass case among the hundreds in his collection
Rabbi Safran arranges dreidels in a glass case among the hundreds in his collection

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Orthodox Union (OU) Kashrut Division has once again allowed Arutz Sheva the privilege of a peek at one of the loveliest and largest private collections of Chanukah dreidels, as they are called in Yiddish, in the world.

Multi-colored glass
Multi-colored glass

The spinning tops are shaped with four sides, each bearing a Hebrew letter, nun, gimel, hey, and shin, which stands for the phrase, "Ness gadol haya sham" -- "A great miracle happened there."

Red glitter between the white highlights the lettering
Red glitter between the white highlights the lettering

In Israel, the shin is replaced with the letter pey, and the phrase is, "Ness gadol haya poh," standing for, "A great miracle happened here." The dreidel is used during the holiday to play a game in which children (or adults!) gamble for nuts, chocolate chips, raisins or small change.

Ceramic and Gold Leaf
Ceramic and Gold Leaf

Rabbi Safran, who holds a doctorate in administration from Yeshiva University, has written numerous books, including "Meditations at Sixty: One Person, Under God, Indivisible" by the KTAV Publishing House, and "Kos Eliyahu -- Insights into the Haggadah and Pesach" which has been translated into Hebrew and published by Mosad HaRav Kook in Jerusalem.

Bronze and brass
Bronze and brass

Blue glass and gold lettering
Blue glass and gold lettering

Intricate chiseled worked dreidel
Intricate chiseled worked dreidel

A myriad of tiny dreidels
A myriad of tiny dreidels

Who could resist bright colored crystal?
Who could resist bright colored crystal?

Variations on the theme
Variations on the theme

A new addition
A new addition

A tiny collection for a baby's room
A tiny collection for a baby's room

Multi-colored glittered dreidels
Multi-colored glittered dreidels

White crystal with a bridal look
White crystal with a bridal look

Rabbi Safran holds his big wooden dreidel surrounded by fragile glass tops
Rabbi Safran holds his big wooden dreidel surrounded by fragile glass tops