Thanksgivukkah: Eight Days of Lights, Seven Days of Leftovers

Question: What upcoming convergence has only occurred once before, is of particular significance for American Jews, and is the perfect time to try out that recipe for sweet potato latkes?


Go tell Aunt Vivica,
it’s Thanksgivukkah!

Answer: The joint celebration of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a.k.a. Thanksgivukkah!

This year, for the first time since 1888, the launch of the Jewish Festival of Lights will coincide with the All-American holiday of family, food and football. In addition to being a once-in-a-lifetime excuse to create clever portmanteau neologisms (such as “Thanksgivukkah” and “menurkey”), the event provides an excellent opportunity to teach and learn (perhaps starting with the meanings of “portmanteau” and “neologism”).

eLibrary can help with that.

Curious users can begin with a perusal of our Research Topics on Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. There they can investigate the history and traditions of both holidays, learning what makes them unique, as well as what similarities they share.

Further exploration can help one figure out how to balance the individual rituals of these overlapping observances, find appropriate mealtime mash-ups, or see how these celebrations of bounty and religious freedom complement one another in surprising ways.

Thanksgivukkah is a hybrid holiday for the ages—the confluence of dressing and dreidels won’t come again for another 79,000 years. But if you gear up with eLibrary before you sit down with family and friends, you’ll be ready to ring in the day with a mighty Gobble Tov!

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