The latest offshoot to popular word game Wordle has a Jewish twist to it! Say hello to Jewdle- a distinctly Jewish version of the buzzing language game made by an Australia-based Jewish community organization.
While versions of Wordle exist in other languages, including Hebrew and Yiddish, Jewdle offers words from English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Aramaic and is different in a few key ways. Unlike Wordle, which asks players to guess a five-letter word using codebreaker’s logic, Jewdle players have to guess six-letter Jewish words, increasing the game’s difficulty.
What’s more is that Jewdle adds in a Jewish educational component, showing explanations and context once a player gets a word right. Alon Meltzer, Director of Programs at the organization Shalom and the game’s creator said, “This seemed like a really perfect way to create Jewish relevance within a very popular, secular context that so many people around the world are accessing right now. We hope that Jewdle becomes almost as popular as Wordle.”
He added, “We decided to do six letters instead of five because of the phonetic differences in writing out many Hebrew and Yiddish words. You often need to use a ‘ch’ or ‘sch’ combination or an ‘ah’ suffix. Five letters was a bit too limiting.”
The game can now be played online on https://www.jewdle.app