Chanukah is on Thanksgiving!

30 10 2013

This is an anonymous post sent from my Jewish step-father. The church may never realize the “coincidence” of being thankful for the Light of the World. Chanukah is the “Feast of Lights”.

Pastor Dave



In 2013, Chanukah will be on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, and never again! This is the only time it will ever happen. Read below to
see the explanation.

Thanksgiving is set as the fourth Thursday in November, meaning the latest it can be is November 28. November 28th is also the earliest Chanukah can be.  The Jewish calendar repeats on a 19 year cycle, and Thanksgiving repeats on a 7 year cycle. You would therefore expect them to coincide roughly every 19 x 7 = 133 years. Looking back, this is approximately correct – the last time it would have happened is 1861. However, Thanksgiving was only formally established by President Lincoln in 1863. So, it has never happened before.

Why won’t it ever happen again? The reason is because the Jewish calendar is very slowly getting out of sync with the solar calendar, at a rate of 4 days per 1000 years! This means that while presently
Chanukah can be as early as November 28, over the years the calendar will drift forward, so that the earliest Chanukah can be is November 29. The next time Chanukah falls on November 28 is in 2146, which is a Monday. Therefore, 2013 is the only time Chanukah will ever overlap with Thanksgiving!

Of course, if the Jewish calendar is ever modified in any way, then it
will slowly move forward through the Gregorian calendar, until it loops
all the way back to where it is now. So, Chanukah would again fall on Thursday, November 28 in the year 79,811.

So on November 28, 2013, enjoy your turkey and your latkes. It has never happened before, and it will never happen again!





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