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With all due respect to Rabbi Schorr, there have always been gambling games. I am sure there was some version of a top, or dice or knucklebones prevalent among the Greco-Roman soldiers that the Jews could have used as subterfuge in order to fulfill the commandment to study Torah. And that is the point of using this as part of the Chanukah story. The Jews elevated a game for money to a mitzvah, but NOT for the money, for the mitzvah.