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Hanukkah-Thanksgiving convergence rare indeed

This year, for the first time in more than a century, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah are simultaneous. (Image courtesy of ModernTribe.com)
This year, for the first time in more than a century, Thanksgiving and the first full day of Hanukkah are simultaneous. (Image courtesy of ModernTribe.com)
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In addition to mashed potatoes, sweet peas and apple pie, Jewish families will serve a big helping of history on Thanksgiving. Hanukkah, the celebrated season of light, begins Wednesday night — the eve of autumn’s top family holiday, Thanksgiving. Jews will light menorahs during a time that has always been reserved for turkey, parades and football games. It’s the first time the convergence has occurred since 1888. “One measure of its significance for American Jews ...

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