This year, American Jews will celebrate something that has never
happened before . . . and will never happen again. The first day of
Hanukkah 2013 starts at sunset on Wednesday November 27th the night
before Thanksgiving, Thursday November 28th.
Historically, Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday in November,
meaning the latest it can be is November 28th. As it turns
out, November 28th is the earliest Hanukkah can
According to this source, The Jewish calendar repeats on a
19-year cycle, and Thanksgiving repeats on a 7-year cycle, which
you'd expect these two holidays to coincide every 133 years (19x7).
So, the last time this would have happened would have been in 1861.
However, Thanksgiving wasn't established until 1863. Furthermore,
moving forward, the Jewish calendar is slowly getting out of sync
with the solar calendar (there's a long technical explanation for
this which I'll spare you), so this colliding of holiday's will
never happen again!
However you're celebrating this historic...
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