Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah - a very special day, could have an almost traditional Thanksgiving Day menu

The Daily Journal/Associated Press, Jim Romanoff, 11/27/13.  "Thanksgiving and Hanukkah - together at the table."

Holiday coming back to you in 70,000 years
Hanukkah begins at sundown, 11/27/13
"It’s a meeting of holidays so rare it will be tens of thousands of years before it happens again. Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah — the Jewish Festival of Lights — fall on the same day this year, creating what many celebrants have dubbed “Thanksgivukkah.” And it’s opened up a whole new world of culinary opportunities.

....   So on Thanksgiving itself, Frankel plans on bringing a little Hanukkah spirit to her traditional Thanksgiving dinner by, for one thing, serving sweet potato latkes with a cranberry-apple sauce alongside the turkey."  Read article.

Related articles Jewish Palm Beach.  "This year, Jews don’t have to worry about the “December dilemma,” when Hanukkah and Christmas collide on the calendar. Instead, we get a specialand rare treat.  For the first time in recorded history Thanksgiving Day will also be the first day of Hanukkah. And it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years! So bust out the pumpkin pie and the latkes: This year, we’re celebrating Thanksgivukkah! On Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, at the same time that Americans gorge themselves on turkey and weirdly textured cranberry desserts, expressing their gratitude and indulging in the joy of family, American Jews will be eating latkes, spinning dreidels and lighting the menorah (or should we say menurkey?). So, put a pilgrim hat atop your kippah, douse your latkes with gravy and stuff your cornucopia full of gelt, because we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to celebrate!"   International Business Times/Zoe Mintz, 11/16/13, "Hanukkah 2013:  When Does the Jewish holiday start and 5 facts to know."

    Dreidel "G" gives you
"20 points plus everything in the middle".
Reference - Chabad organization FAQ.  "How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah? In the Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with the letter chet. The chet’s “ch” sound is not enunciated like the “ch” in child; rather it’s a guttural, throaty sound—like the “ch” in Johann Bach—which does not have an English equivalent. The letter “H” is the closest, but it’s not really it. So while some people spell and pronounce it “Chanukah” and others settle for “Hanukkah,” they really are one and the same. What does the word Chanukah mean?   Chanukah means “dedication” or “induction.”  ....  The word Chanukah can also be divided into two: Chanu—they rested, and Kah—which has the nume rical value of 25. On the twenty-fifth day of the Hebrew month of Kislev the Maccabees rested from their battle, and triumphantly marched into the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, ready to rededicate it."  Billy Bear 4 kids, "The Dreidel Game." points of the game explained.

Related Chanukah celebration announcement Pacifica Tribune, 11/26/13,  "Menorah lighting at Serramonte Shopping Center Chabad of North San Mateo County invites you to a grand menorah lighting and chanukah celebration at the Serramonte Shopping Center (near the food court) Tuesday, December 3, from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. There will be a magic show, music, a juggling show, kids' crafts, balloons, contests and donuts. Free.For more info call 650-273-6273 or email"

Note graphics:  turkey with candles from the Jewish Palm Beach article; turkey and menorah from Jewish Boston; dradles picture from the International Business times article.   

Posted by Kath Meeh

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