Ovation: Happy Thanksgivukkah!
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, begins tonight at sundown. Normally, because of the mechanics of the Hebrew calendar, Hanukkah is celebrated around the time of Christmas or slightly earlier and sometimes lasts beyond New Year’s Day. This year it begins before Thanksgiving for the first time since 1888. Mathematically, it has been estimated that, all things remaining equal, this particular overlapping of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah may not occur again for almost 78,000 years.
In 1994, Comedian Adam Sandler debuted his now famous Chanukah Song which sympathizes with the feelings of alienation that some Jewish children might feel during the Christmas season.
Most people know that Hanukkah is observed by the use of a special candelabra called a menorah that features nine candles. One candle is lit on the first night, a second is burn on the next night and an additional candle is set aflame each night until the eighth and final night of the celebration when all eight candles burn. A ninth candle, called a shamash, is usually found in a distinct location above or below the other eight. It’s purpose is to have a light available for practical use since using the others for purposes other than publicizing and meditating on the celebration is forbidden.
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