The meaning of "Thanksgivukkah"

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This year, many Americans will celebrate a dual-holiday in November. On Thursday, the 28th, some will recognize the first day of Hanukkah on Thanksgiving.

It's known as "Thanksgivukkah," and according to one Michiana Rabbi, the two holidays have more in common than you may know.

-Both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are founded on religious principals.
-Both holidays focus on food.
-Both were started by people who sought refuge in America.
-Both are reasons to be thankful.

According to Rabbi Kuppel Lindow, of the Midwest Torah Center, the two holidays compliment one another very well.

"The Thanksgiving holiday, which represents that freedom of religion and freedom of being able to be prosperous and speech and all that comes with it," said Rabbi Lindow, "I should recognize what my freedom means and that's the religious side. So they really work very nicely," said Rabbi Lindow.

Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have not fallen on the same day for over a century, since 1888. The phenomenon likely won't happen again for thousands of years. Some experts say it may not happen before the year 79,811.

Hanukkah is determined by the Hebrew calendar, which follows the lunar pattern. The secular calendar, followed by most in America, is based on the sun.


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