American Jews ready for Thanksgivukkah.
What do you call it when Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving day? "Thanksgivnukkah?" In 2013, the Jewish "Festival of Lights" holiday of Hanukah spelled Chanukah, Hanukah, and Hanukkah starts on November 27 Wednesday evening. That's the day before Thanksgiving, which falls on Thursday November 28th. Because the Jewish and Gregorian calendars aren't calculated the same way, Chanukah shows up at different times each year. Usually the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights happens in December, but this year, it falls on Turkey Day. There's got to be some connection between Thanksgiving and Chanukah, something that's speaking to us especially this year. Why? Because the Baal Shem Tov taught us that everything a person sees or hears is meant to be a lesson in life. So, when something as striking as a convergence of celebrations comes up, we need to figure out what it's telling us. The stories of the Maccabees and Pilgrims are alike in some ways, both have ties with religious prosecution, and both overcome great odds and adversity's. Now, when you're looking for a Jewish thanksgiving, it's usually Sukkot. Sukkot is the original biblical Thanksgiving. The Torah calls it The Festival of Ingathering, in other words, when all the crops, fruits, have been gathered. At this point, we gather for seven days to show our thankfulness. After we left Egypt, Sukkot also became a festival to celebrate the divine protection we enjoyed for forty years as we wandered in the wilderness. And that protection continues to this day. So now for the holidays we will have some sliced turkey and brisket, sweet potato latkes with sour cream and cranberry compote, pumpkin shlishkes (dough balls), cranberry-raspberry jelly-filled sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) with chocolate "gelt" sauce. So now maybe we will see a "gigantic dreidel" in the Macys day parade? No?? Thanksgivukkah even has a Facebook page.