- This article refers to the card game; for the prayer note see Kvitel.
Kvitlech, also spelled Kvitlach or Quitlok, (Yiddish: קווטלך, literally "notes", "slips") is a game similar to blackjack played in some Jewish homes during the Hanukkah season. 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.
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.
- ↑ Steinmetz, Sol (2005). Dictionary Of Jewish Usage: A Guide To The Use Of Jewish Terms. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 66. ISBN 0742543870.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Barlow, Rich (2007-12-02). "Gambling had role in religious history". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/12/01/gambling_had_role_in_religious_history/.
- ↑ Ingram, Chaim (2006-12-14). "Eight Chanukah ‘lites’". The Australian Jewish News. http://www.ajn.com.au/news/news.asp?pgID=2243. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
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