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Once in a lifetime: Hanukkah lines up with Thanksgiving - The Galveston County Daily News : Faith

October 23, 2014

Once in a lifetime: Hanukkah lines up with Thanksgiving

Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:44 am | Updated: 1:00 am, Sat Nov 23, 2013.

You may be fit as a fiddle and looking younger every day. You may follow every doctor’s health advice religiously, but whatever you do, you’ll never live long enough to see Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap again as they will next week. It’s a once-in-many-lifetimes event. So how do sages celebrate this confluence?

“Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have a very significant connection, that of giving thanks,” said Rabbi R. Todd Doctor of Galveston’s Congregation Beth Jacob. “The Temple existed for many reasons, one of which was to allow the Israelites to give thanks to God.”

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