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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin



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From Rabbi David

The last time Thanksgiving and Chanukah overlapped we made a big deal about it. I wrote a song and had my whole school perform it in a bit of a viral video moment. (Yes, I was quite heavier back then) My dear friend, who worked with me on the whole Thanksgivukkah bonanza - made it to the White House Chanukah party where we got a shout out.

This year, it isn't getting quite the same hype but the convergence of these two holidays is still profoundly meaningful. Chanukah reminds us to bring light where there is darkness. Thanksgiving inspires us, not only to be thankful for our blessings but to pass that gratitude on by giving hope to the heavy hearted and strength to the weary through acts of chesed and tzedek - kindness and justice. Together Thanksgiving and Chanukah give us the recipe for tikkun olam - repairing all that is broken in our world. Fundamentally what is broken is a lack of light, hope and gratitude.

Our children, with your help, did some of that vital tikkun olam work these past two weeks by donating food and other necessities to the Kosher Food Bank. We collected more this year than we ever have! What a wonderful way to celebrate these two holidays. Here's wishing each and everyone of you a season of light, hope, and gratitude.

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