This article refers to the card game; for the prayer note see Kvitel.

Kvitlech, also spelled Kvitlach or Quitlok, (Yiddish: קווטלך, literally "notes", "slips")[1] is a game similar to blackjack played in some Jewish homes during the Hanukkah season.[2] Hanukkah card playing was a traditional cover for Torah study, which had been outlawed for Jews by a Syrian-Greek king in the second century BCE[2].

The original kvitlech deck consisted of thirty-one numbered cards, artistically colored, representing the thirty-one kings against whom the Israelites fought under Joshua, a Biblical prelude to the Maccabean victory.[3]


  1. Steinmetz, Sol (2005). Dictionary Of Jewish Usage: A Guide To The Use Of Jewish Terms. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 66. ISBN 0742543870. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barlow, Rich (2007-12-02). "Gambling had role in religious history". The Boston Globe. 
  3. Ingram, Chaim (2006-12-14). "Eight Chanukah ‘lites’". The Australian Jewish News. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 

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