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Newsletter November 7, 2013

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: together for just one night!


For those in the United States who celebrate Hanukkah this is one special year. The first day of Hanukkah happens to be on the American holiday Thanksgiving. Yup, Hanukkah in November.


This holiday convergence hasn’t happened for more than 100 years and it will be beyond our lifetimes before it happens again. Although, Biblically, it seems that the holidays were almost destined to come together…



As most of us know Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the oil. Once the Maccabees restored the Temple to Jewish control, the Temple oil burned for eight days when there was only enough oil to burn for one.


As a result, one of the traditions of Hanukkah is to eat foods cooked in oil. This is to pay tribute to G-d the miracle G-d granted the Maccabees because they were good faithful servants of His laws and word. At Hanukkah we express our gratitude that G-d rewards the faithful.




Thanksgiving is all about fellowship. It is about spending time with others we care about and sharing all the blessings that G-d has bestowed upon us. For anyone who believes in the One True G-d, Thanksgiving lets us show the others in our lives the good fortune we have through faith in G-d. On this day we express our thanks outwardly.

Turkey with Latkes: the perfect blending of the holidays!


So Biblically how do these two holidays come together?

Let’s look at Leviticus 7:12. This is a passage about the Fellowship Offering and it says, “If he offers it for athanksgiving, then he shall offer with the thanksgivingsacrifice unleavened loaves mixed with oil, unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and loaves of fine flour well mixed with oil.”


As we can see in Leviticus 7 the Fellowship Offering of Thanksgiving involves food with oil! Wow. Not only that, but this type of offering was meant to be eaten in a fellowship meal, much like our Thanksgiving dinners today, “The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning” (Leviticus 7:15).


This year as we cook the turkey and prepare the other family tradition favorites, you might want to consider adding some Hanukkah favorites as well. Latkes are potato pancakes cooked in oil; they would be the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving meal and fulfill a Biblical Thanksgiving offering of unleavened wafers with oil. Or you can come up with your own idea on how to honor both of these special holidays.


We are lucky to be the generation to experience the convergence of two great holidays. Let’s the make the most of it and celebrate like the once in a lifetime event it is!


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The first night to light is Wednesday, November 27th.

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Lisa's Latke Recipe


1 pound white starchy potatoes


1/2 cup finely chopped onion


1 large egg, lightly beaten


1/2 tsp salt


3/4 cup olive oil


Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated.


Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.


Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.


Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.


Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot (don't let the oil burn).


In batches of 3-4 latkes, spoon out 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke and mould into a pancake shape about 3 inches around.


Place in skillet and reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes.


Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more.


Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt.


Add more oil to skillet as needed.


For a real fall, Thanksgiving feel serve with applesauce!

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