Rabbi Benjamin Blech on the Similarities, and Essential Differences, between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

It will never again happen in our lifetimes – unless you are somehow still alive 70,000 years from now.

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Rabbi Benjamin Blech

This year the first night of Hanukkah will coincide with the American holiday of Thanksgiving. The latkes will share their prominent place at the festive meal with the turkey. Small wonder that some have already humorously decided that this year we ought to call the day by a new name – Thanksgivukkah.

In all seriousness, a “coincidence” of this magnitude requires some reflection. This is a perfect time to give some thought to the essential difference between the motivation for the American day of expressing gratitude to God and the Jewish rationale for our Festival of Lights. Read the rest of this entry…

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