You’ve probably heard of Judah and the Maccabees, but what about Judith? At one time, the story of Judith—a young widow who killed the Assyrian general and led the Israelites to victory—was considered an important part of the Hanukkah narrative.
It’s customary (although certainly not required) to exchange presents on Hanukkah, which means that this Nov. 28, American Jewish families will have until nightfall to turn their tryptophan-induced exhaustion into gift-induced excitement.
This interactive service takes just a few minutes and is a meaningful way to begin your festive meal by encouraging everyone around the table to think about the miracles of both holidays and the historical events that brought us to this day.
When our friends at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston asked Governor Deval Patrick to also recognize “Thanksgivukkah” as an official holiday, he was thrilled to oblige. Thanksgivukkah is now officially official in Boston and in Massachusetts!
Want something fun to do while your turkey is in the oven? Sharpen your pencil and download our original crossword puzzle with clues related to both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving (many of which can be solved by exploring this website!).
For the first time since the 1800s, the first full day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving Day this year, and according to many in the Jewish community, the two holidays have much more in common than just a calendar date. They both celebrate gratitude, community, and religious tolerance. From PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly