Happy Thanksgivukkah! Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year – which won’t happen again for another 79,000 years

 

In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, fall on the same date this year: November 28.

In a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, fall on the same date this year: November 28. The reason for the fuss: It is a holiday mashup that has happened only once before, in 1888, according to those who track the Jewish calendar. And it is one that isn’t set to happen again for potentially another 70,000-plus years.

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It’s a turkey. It’s a menorah. It’s Thanksgivukkah!

An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions.

There’s the number crunching: The last time it happened was 1888, or at least the last time since Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln, and the next time may have Jews lighting their candles from spaceships 79,043 years from now, by one calculation.

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