‘Thanksgivukkah’ is upon us

If you type the words, “Thanksgiving and,” into Google right now, the first item you’ll see is “Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.”

This year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on the night before Thanksgiving, making Thanksgiving the first full day of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Unlike the longer, solar Gregorian calendar, the Jewish calendar is purely lunar. In order to insure that holidays fall during the seasons with which they’re associated, the ancient rabbis devised a system of leap years, using a set pattern to add an additional month to the year every few years. Continue reading “‘Thanksgivukkah’ is upon us”