What a rare event to have both holidays at the same time. Giving Thanks, or thanks giving, is a time that we want to spend with loved ones and family. It is an opportunity to give thanks over a large turkey dinner. I was listening to the Chief Rabbi and his thoughts upon the very act of giving thanks, and how we must humble ourselves first in order to give thanks, for when we give thanks, we acknowledge that we could not have this gift, achievement, glory without the help of the person we want to thank. It is indeed a small miracle, a small act of kindness to simply say thank you.
Hanukkah is a special time of year when candles are lit in memory of a miracle long ago. But that miracle still happens in our lives when we become aware. Lighting a candle is so symbolic of letting light into your life, knowledge, love and kindness and thanksgiving. That alone is miracle enough, let alone the historic and religious reasons behind Hanukkah.
Hanukkah usually starts in December, and some calendrical experts are saying this event of blessings and thanksgiving happens only once a century, and other experts say it won’t happen for another thousand years. We don’t need to wait that long. We are indeed blessed to have a moment to light a candle, sit around the table, and just say thank you. Thank you for being in my life.
I wish you a warm wonderful Thanksgivukka!