Now the Real Chanukah Test Begins

Thanksgivikah has passed never to come again because of the unusual coincidence of secular and Jewish calendars. Still, today more than ever, due to the US-Iranian deal, the courage we celebrate with on Chanukah will be more needed than ever before. It has become clear that Israel and the Jewish people stand alone against the forces eager to appease evil in the false hope it will go away. They have forgotten the vow of Never Again and are eerily embarking on the same path that western leaders took the world down in 1938 promising peace in our time. We know what happened then.

For the rest of the week of Chanukah we need to steel ourselves with the courage of the Maccabees as we lobby our government, Congress, and the entire world to the grave dangers of a nuclear Iran and the need to stop it not just with vague, ambiguous words but with concrete actions.

Here are a couple of Chanukah stories to share with your families and friends.

Chanukah story

The Brightness of Candles

Chag Chanukah Sameach—may you spread the courage of the Maccabees to resist evil.

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Thanksgivikah—almost a unique intersection of events

This year Thanksgiving coincides with Chanukah, a rare convergence of two different calendars, the secular Gregorian calendar and the Jewish calendar. According to Chabad it won’t occur again until 2070 when Thanksgiving falls on Chanukah eve. So, since Jewish holidays start the evening before, if you have a late Thanksgiving feast that year, you also can light your first Chanukah candle at the same time. If you miss it, the next chance is Nov. 28, 2165. After that, things start getting quite unpredictable due to the different rates of drift by both the Jewish and Gregorian calendars in relation to actual solar year.

While the calendar coincidence is fun, Thanksgiving continues to feel like the most Jewish of secular holidays. With that in mind, check out this story, Thanksgiving, on the JewishFamilyStories.com website. Just click here.

Also, feel welcome to check out all the stories on JewishFamilyStories.com.

And watch this blog for news about and excerpts from my upcoming novel for Jewish young adults, The Uncertain Art of Hooking Up.  Online you also can find my paperback book: Miracles–stories for Jewish children and their families.

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