It hasn’t happened since 1888 and we are told it won’t happen again for 70,000 years! This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day. Some are suggesting the double celebration could be dubbed Thanksgivukkah!
American Thanksgiving is set by presidential declaration, originally by Abraham Lincoln on the last Thursday of November and more recently by presidents on the fourth Thursday of the month. However, our Jewish friends observe an eight day holiday period known as Hanukkah, based a lunar calendar. It falls very early this year, coinciding with this year’s celebration of our U.S. Thanksgiving, on November 28.
Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the miraculous multiplication of lamp oil allowing the rededication of their Holy Temple in 160 B.C., after it was desecrated by a pagan conqueror. The Pilgrims fled from religious persecution and celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1621, after surviving their first year in our land.
Religious freedoms are worth celebrating!