Happy Hanukkah, Thanksgiving


November 25, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This is a special week.

Two of my very favorite holidays fall on the same day.

And, to boot, they have overlapping meanings.

Thanksgiving, of course, is on Thursday.

The first Thanksgiving occurred when the Pilgrims gave thanks to God for the harvest they enjoyed.

Their gratitude was inspired by the Hebrew Bible, which was important to their Christian faith.

And their very arrival in America, beginning in 1620, was, above all, in pursuit of the religious freedom denied them in England.

The first day of Hanukkah is also on Thursday.

Hanukkah celebrates the ancient Jewish revolt against religious persecution.

Like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah reminds us of that insatiable search for freedom of worship.

The next time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah converge will be in 78,000 years.

Since I can’t be sure I’ll be around then, I plan to enjoy both holidays with abandon this week!

Happy holidays from AJC!

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This is David Harris of AJC.