Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel, 11/07/2013

Happy Hanukkah and Happy Thanksgiving

Happy #Thanksgivukkah

Every year Jews around the world celebrate Hanukkah or Chanukah as one in unity. Jewish holidays do cross paths with Christian holidays, i.e., Christmas, Easter, etc. But what happens when the American holiday Thanksgiving smashes into Hanukkah you get Thanksgivukkah.

The Jewish Hebrew calendar is lunar based, which means a year can be as short as 353 days and as long as 385 days per year.

Boston Magazine reported that the once-in-a-lifetime concept was embraced around the U.S. There has been some debate about the name; Israeli newspaper Haaretz posed the question: "Why 'Thanksgivukkah'? Why not 'Chanksgiving?'" and then points to a clip from The O.C. for the origins of the portmanteau Chrismukkah as the basis of the Thanksgivukkah portmanteau (Wikipedia, 2013)

We have to wait another 77,798 years for the next Thanksgivukkah, it only happens once in a lifetime.
History Lessons
Thursday, November 28, 2013, is the first day of Hanukkah. On Hanukkah we eat traditional foods; potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts), foods fried in oil. The significance of oil, Judah Maccabee recaptured the temple in Israel from the Syrian’s. Light was needed, and a small amount of oil was found, the oil was enough for one day, and ended up lasting eight days, long enough to make more oil.

On #Chanukah #Hanukkah, we light an 8 branched menorah with a helping candle to commemorate the miracle.

Miracles Verse:
Against all odds drive on till tomorrow
Wipe away your tears and your sorrow
Sunrise in the sky like an arrow
No need to worry, no need to cry
Light up your mind no longer be blind
Him who searches will find
Leave your problems behind you will shine like a fire in the sky
what’s the reason we’re alive – the reason we’re alive…
Bound to stumble and fall but my strength comes not from man at all
(Maccabeats, 2011).

On Thursday November 21, is the day the Pilgrims broke bread with the Native Americans in 1621, at Plymouth Rock, MA. President Roosevelt declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving, November 28, 1941, and today is the actual day declared for giving thanks, November 28, 2013.

The Smashing of Food
Thanksgiving foods are traditional, turkey, cranberries, potatoes, etc. This year Jewish Gastronomes will have a once in a lifetime chance to blend two traditions together.

Thanksgivukkah food examples are Maneschewitz brined turkey with a sweet potato latke kugel, and for desert turkey gravy jelly donuts.

Our Thanksgiving Day Menu
Hors d'oeuvre - humus with savory peppers, raw vegetables, baked brie, with a savory onion relish
Turkey - deep fried turkey
Side dishes - sweet potato latke kugel, tart cranberries, a salad, and homemade tater tots
Desert - bourbon pecan pie that is gluten free, cheesecake. cookies, brownies, a nosh 
Libations – open bar, please drink and drive responsibly
Bon Appetite and Chag Semach #Chanukah

I wish everyone good health, joy, kindness, and love.  May your miracles come true.


  1. Wonderful post! Love the part about smashing foods. I wish I'd seen it before tonight, 'cause now Chanukah's over. :-(

  2. What a wonderful post! Wish I'd seen it before Chanukah was over.