Written by JOE SCOTCHIE Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
It happens once every 79,000 years.
Or, to be exact, every 79,043 years. This year, Thanksgiving and Chanukah will occur on the same date, November 28. Don’t expect that to happen again very soon.
According to Rabbi Andrew Gordon of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Jewish holidays are based on a lunar calendar, with each month having only 29 or 30 days. To keep holidays at the right time of the season, a leap month is added seven out of every 19 years, he added. Hence the fluctuation of the holidays, the rabbi noted in a recent Temple Sinai newsletter.
Either way, American Jews, on November 28, will celebrate “Thanksgivukkah.” The marriage of the quintessential American holiday with Chanukah makes for some exciting possibilities.
“People are going all out for Thanksgivukkah,” Rabbi Gordon noted. “Special kippot are going to be worn and food mashups such as Pumpkin latkes, apple-cranberry sauce and deep fried turkey are just a few deliciious treats to be eaten.”
Celebrants can even purchase a “Menurkey,” a Thanksgiving-based menorah.
Rabbi Gordon has also pointed out the similarities between Thanksgiving and Chanukah.
"Chanukah celebrtes the Maccabee’s fight as they battled against religious oppression,” he said. “Thanksgiving only occured because of the pilgrims’ quest for religious freedom. Here is an opportunity to connect the theme of religious pluralism and our hope to build a society that allows all to live freely and openly.”