Question:

Can an avel play dreidel during Chanukah for money?

Answer:

An avel shiva should not play dreidel, because he should not come frivolous behavior  during the shiva) unless he is doing it in order to preserve a specific minhag). However an avel during shloshim and the rest of the year would be permitted to play dreidel during Chanukah, as it is not considered like being metayel.

Note;  The poskim strongly discourage playing cards etc. for money.  .

Sources:

 

Y:D 391-1,Aruch Hashulchan ibid 2,  M:B 671 D:H Vnohagim, Aruch Hashulchan 670-9.

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