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WHAT? The first night of Hanukkah begins this year on the Eve of Thanksgiving? How peculiar is this? It has not happened since 1888 and will not happen again until 2070 and 2165. So enjoy this Thanksgivukkah, you may not see another in your lifetime.

Both are days when we remember and celebrate the goodness of our God and remember His faithfulness. I have listed some similarities that I have seen.


  • HANUKKAH- Jewish people (and Hebraic observant Christians such as myself) celebrate the victory of 2178 years ago (165 BC) when the Maccabees won a 3 year battle to regain control of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Each evening they light another candle on the 9 candle menorah called a Hanukkiyah. As they light the candle they give God thanks for the miracle of one day’s oil lasting 8 days. They thank God that He is still the ‘Lord our God, king of the universe’. The light reminds them of the victory over paganism.
  • THANKSGIVING- Chapter 6 of the book called The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel carries the most incredible history of the first Thanksgiving of 1623, when the Pilgrims planted their remaining precious seeds and experienced a drought that was sure to be their end. Realizing God was their only hope, they fasted and humbled themselves before God. Following was a 14 day gentle rain that turned a failing crop into a bumper crop!


  • HANUKKAH- the Jewish people realized they had no hope without a miracle from God!
  • THANKSGIVING- the Pilgrims realized they had no hope without a miracle from God!


  • HANUKKAH- About the WORD of God, food for our spirit man. The Jewish people, chosen of God, were set apart to keep the timing, laws, WORD of God alive. The Temple was the place of worship, where they met with Almighty God. Since man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, the Bread of the Word was preserved.
  • THANKSGIVING- About food for our body. God cares about mankind, God loves his creation and has a good plan for us. He loves this nation that was raised up in 1492 to be a place for His Chosen people to have a safe homeland until the rebirth of the nation Israel in 1948. The miracle of the dead corn stalks coming back to like preserved the Pilgrims.

The United States of American has roots of a Christian nation! I have a 2 CD series called, “Who Said We Are Not A Christian Nation?”  This truth is not being taught to our children in public school so now would be a good time to play it in your car when you have a captive audience in your back seat.

NOTE: NEXT YEAR HANUKKAH WILL BE ON CHRISTMAS EVE! How cool is that? Since this year is a ‘pregnant year’ (leap year) on the Hebrew calendar there will be an additional month added and Hanukkah will be a month later.


I like to call Comet ISON, #1-Son! The only time Hanukkah is mentioned in the Bible is in the Gospel of John 10:22, “It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication.” (NLT) This is the time when Jesus announced that He was the Good Shepherd and One with Father God. Boldness again got him into trouble. Boldness and courage like the Maccabees and Pilgrims is what we need again. Can anyone shout AMEN?

Is it time again to humble our selves and pray? Is it time to realize that God is our only hope? Yes to both. Romans 13:11 tells us, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

I almost forgot, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are also celebrated with food and games. In the United States the games are football games. For the Jews world-wide the game is the Dreydel game, a family activity to pass on the remembrance that “a great miracle happened there”. Everyone wins in the Dreydel game. Maybe Thanksgiving should incorporate a family game of Dreydel and remember that Father God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! He will still work miracles for us!