It’s “Thanksgivukkah” !
This has never happened before and will never happen again for a very, very long time.
Today is Thanksgiving. I would think that's no news flash to all of us. Today also happens to be the first day of Chanukah. The two holidays on the same day? It's a first.
Actually, Chanukah began at sundown last night. But, today is the first day of the joyous Jewish holiday.
Not to get too technical, here's why the two holidays will never again fall on the same day again for hundreds of generations.
Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November. Today, November 28th is the latest it can be. The earliest date for Chanukah is November 27th.
The Hebrew calendar repeats on a 19 year cycle. Thanksgiving repeats on a 7 year cycle. So, mathematicians would calculate that "Thanksgivukkah" would happen every 133 years. If you were to get out your calculator you would say this anomaly happened once before in 1861.
But, ah ha! President Abraham Lincoln didn't declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1863.
Please don't worry, I'm not going to quiz you on this information.
Here's why the holidays will never mesh again for a very long time.
The next time Chanukah falls on November 27th will be in 2146. That's a Monday. Boy, you should see the calendar I've got to figure this out!
So is this the last we'll see of "Thanksgivukkah"? Heck no.
The next time is just around the corner on November 27th in the year 79,811.
I'm sure Garden Staters will check out the New Jersey 101.5 website on that date for all the information.
Potato latkes and turkey sounds good to me.
I wish you a feast of happiness!