Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: A once in eternity overlap

Hanukkah

“Next year features an anomaly for American Jews – The first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving, on 11/28/2013 (meaning the first night of Hanukkah is actually the night before Thanksgiving). I was curious how often this happens. It turns out that it has never happened before…and it will never happen again. (Correction: it happened once before, in 1888: see Addendum.)” (Jonathan Mizrahi).