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Your One Chance To Celebrate Thanksgivukkah in Style [MENURKEY GIVEAWAY INSIDE!!!]

In preparation for this collaboration of festive holidays taking place Nov. 28th, Shalom Life & Modern Tribe are offering a Thanksgivukkah giveaway!

By: Gideon Greenbaum-Shinder & Daniel Koren

Published: October 11th, 2013 in News » World

Your One Chance To Celebrate Thanksgivukkah in Style [MENURKEY GIVEAWAY INSIDE!!!]

FREE THANKSGIVUKKAH GIVEAWAY: Shalom Life, in collaboration with popular Judaica store Modern Tribe, is proud to announce our THANKSGIVUKKAH GIVEAWAY where we will award one lucky winner with a 'menurkey', the menorah shaped like a turkey. All you have to do is like both Shalom Life and Modern Tribe on Facebook for your chance to win this wonderfully rare item that fuses together the celebrations of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Happy Holidays!

Every so often their comes a day that marks the beginning of a new era.

Most people wait all their lives for certain specific events that may never come again in their lifetime. These events include momentous occasions like Hayley’s comet, your wedding, the birth of your first child, and now.... Thanksgivukkah.

Once every 79, 043 years or so (not a joke), the cosmos align and Chanukah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day, allowing two contrasting holidays belonging to two separate religions to come together as one, and unite us all together on this rare and extraordinary day.

November 28th, 2013.

As you will (most likely) not be around to see the next such pairing of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving (unless you plan on living to the year 81,000), we at Shalom Life suggest you celebrate this rare occasion in style, and invite all your Jewish and non-Jewish friends over for a festive Thanksgivukkah feast.


What's on the menu? Why, the traditional Thanksgivukkah foods, of course!

Sweet Potato latkas served with gravy, brisket topped with cranberry sauce, pecan rugelach, jelly doughnuts filled with traditional thanksgiving stuffing, and of course, the piece de resistance, a huge, gefilte-fish stuffed turkey.

Yum.

What better a way for these two worlds to collide, or as Stephen Colbert puts it, "celebrating the struggle of an oppressed people’s fight against invading conquerors" while giving thanks for "our healthy and nurturing relationship with the Indians."

The web has been abuzz with news of the forthcoming collaborative holiday, (a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page already has over 7,000 likes) with Jews and non-Jews alike excited to celebrate one another's holidays. Popular Judaica store Modern Tribe is offering various neat gift ideas for the occasion, including a menurkey (a turkey shaped menorah, which we are giving away in our FREE GIVEAWAY), Thanksgivukkah t-shirts, and Thanksgivukkah cards.


Modern Tribe became the official retailer of the 'menurkey' after a 9-year-old New York boy, Asher Weintraub, raised $48,000 via Kickstarter to trademark the item.

Weintraub's invention has since sparked a Thanksgivukkah movement of sorts, one that has been covered by many major news publications, including the Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post and more.

Popular culture is vigorously eating up this amalgamated holiday, smashing concepts from the Thanksgiving and Hanukkah together with various forms of paraphernalia. 60’s style psychedelic T-shirts have a turkey grapping onto the neck of a guitar and touts a novel concept "8 Days of Light, Liberty & Latkes."

Even songs have popped up involving the holiday, like "The Ballad of Thanksgivukkah": "Imagine Judah Maccabee, sitting down to roast turkey and passing the potatoes to Squanto …"

Rabbi David Paskin, the song’s co-writer, proudly declares his Jewish day school the nearest one to Plymouth Rock.


Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of giving and appreciation for having made it through the past year. Hanukkah is a time when, as Jews, we give thanks that we were able to avoid annihilation and/or assimilation by the Syrians in 150 B.C.E.

Besides the fact that every almost every Jewish holiday (besides fast days) suggests that we should stuff our faces with a delicious repast, Hanukah (like most Jewish holidays) is a time to be thankful that we as a people survived to have such superlative lives having endured the onslaught of our oppressors once again.

In fact, a rabbi from my community once told me that all Jewish holidays could be summed up in three sentences: 'They wanted to kill us. We made it. Let’s eat!'

Thanksgivukkah seems to be the ultimate chance for religious boundaries to be smashed to pieces. Being thankful and charitable, while certainly Jewish ideals, are also very universal and positive concepts that we try share with all communities.

In fact, most people share these same values with many other communities without even knowing it due to the insular nature of organized religion. So this year, let’s break some boundaries and merge your Jewish and non-Jewish friends for a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgivukkah celebration. Let's stuff our faces out, drink wine and whatever it is you drink on Thanksgiving, and most importantly, be thankful for the sacrifices of our ancestors.Together.

Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone.

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