Over 250 young professional and 50 lone soldiers Olim celebrated “Thanksgivukkah" at a festive event organized by Nefesh B'Nefesh and White City Shabbat. Revellers celebrated the once-in-a-lifetime double holiday of Chanukkah and Thanksgiving at the landmark Goren Synagogue in Tel Aviv with a three course meal replete with traditional holiday foods including latkes and turkey. After the meal, Tel Aviv’s deputy mayor Asaf Zamir led the Chanukkah … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Olim Celebrate “Thanksgivukkah” in Tel Aviv
Archives for November 2013
Chanukah 5774 finds us reeling from some hard findings about Jewish identity in America. Some spin the new realities positively; some view them with fear, even panic. And yet, Chanukah, in its own story of mutations, presents the possibility – and urgency – of reinventing ourselves to face new realities. by Andrés Spokoiny The rabbis of the Talmud didn’t like Chanukah. No, really. They didn’t. But they had good reasons. Many of them had … [Read more...] about Heroism, Adaptation and Survival
American-Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt with a musical tribute to the last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will coincide for 80,000 years. … [Read more...] about Chag Hanukkah Sameach!
American culture is clearly dominant for American Jews, and the question is how can Judaism, using its separate symbol system and set of values, interact with American culture to enrich and deepen the life of Jews living fully immersed in American civilization. by Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann Everyone is talking and writing about the rare overlap between Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgivukkah has become a virtual industry with … [Read more...] about Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: An Opportunity for Hybridity
by Simon Klarfeld Apart from being a cutesy term that has gained popularity on the web - including its very own Wikipedia entry - the newly-coined hybrid “Thanksgivukkah” begs a deeper exploration of the two holidays it represents, namely, Thanksgiving and Chanukkah. While enthusiasts are hailing the double celebration as a once-in-a-lifetime event, the fundamental differences between the two festivals places the semantic merger in a … [Read more...] about Thanksgivukkah Makes a Mockery of the Jewish Message of Difference