Today is a rarity. It marks both the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the first day of the venerable Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. (Accordingly, some wags have named 28 November 2013 “Thanksgivukkah.”) The conjunction of the two holidays won’t occur again, I’m told, for roughly 79,000 years.
Here’s some simple, basic information about the origin and observance of the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” as Hanukkah is sometimes called.
I don’t know whether I have any regular Jewish readers out there, but, just in case, I wish them a very sincere Happy Hanukkah.
But, for that matter, I see no reason why Christians shouldn’t celebrate Hanukkah. And that goes particularly for Latter-day Saint Christians, with their special focus on the temple. There’s much to reflect upon and to consider in the event that Hanukkah commemorates, and, of course, in the temple itself.
Posted from Bountiful, Utah