Rabbi says it's a "once in a lifetime opportunity"
ANCHORAGE – It’s a once in a lifetime experience: Hanukkah and Thanksgiving falling on the same day.
You could call it “Thanksgivingukkah.”
The second night of Hanukkah will fall on Turkey Day tomorrow. The last time that happened was in 1888 and it won’t happen again for another 80 years.
Rabbi Yosef Greenberg at the Alaska Jewish Campus says both holidays signify freedom from religious persecution, and it will be a special day tomorrow when they coincide.
“It’s kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to have a kosher turkey and have lighting the Hanukkah candles together with the fried latkes in oil and playing dreidel,” Greenberg said. “It’s such an unusual opportunity.”
He says people are also coming up with unique ways to celebrate the two holidays. A 10-year-old New York boy came up with the idea of a “menurkey.” That’s a menorah shaped like a turkey.