#131…science, RELIGION, ETC.: “Thanksgivukkah,” Nov. 28, 2013

It last happened in the late 1800’s…


It’s Thanksgivukkah       on Nov. 28, 2013


And won’t happen again for

77,000 years or so.


What and who are behind this?


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Well, for sure the marketers, especially of foods, are busy…

It’s a curiosity we just can’t pass by.

First a couple of definitions”

Thanksgiving – An American holiday, that for many years has fallen on the 4th Thursday of November.  Its purpose, beyond eating turkey and watching football, is to, as a country, express thankfulness to God for his providing good things (esp. foods) to Americans. The first celebration goes back to the Pilgrims in 1621. Nowadays, the latest day of the year on which it can occur is November 28.

With that under our belt, let’s look at a Jewish holiday not so familiar to  Americans:

Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah” and other ways) – A well-celebrated 8-day Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jewish revolt that took place against the oppressive Seleucid Greek government and also a rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. Its date of celebration, which varies, usually occurs sometime near Christmas (Dec. 25). Why the variance? It’s a bit complex to spell out so we won’t. But it happens because Jews have a different year, basing time on the lunar calendar. (Most of the rest of the world goes by the solar year, on which the Gregorian Calendar is based.)

So, what happened?

Without going into detail, the start of Hanukkah varies, occurring late in our (more familiar) year. But it can never occur earlier than (everyone else’s) Nov. 28.

And that’s what’s happening this year. According to some physicist’s calculation (see, we can be Internet vague, too), the next time this will occur will be some 77,000 years from now. (The Internet can tell you more. We’re done, almost.)

So how can we respond to this? Thank God, eat, celebrate with family and friends across the aisle, so to speak. An interesting commonality in the feasting is that most traditional foods of Thanksgiving season are acceptable to Jewish dietary code.

How much I would love to sit down beside my Jewish granddaughter, my son, my daughter-in-law, and her parents halfway around the world on this Nov. 28. They know how to feast and celebrate!

Author: John Knapp