NEW YORK — This year, for the first time in living memory, Hanukkah will start on Thanksgiving, creating a Jewish-American frenzy.
There's the commerce: A 9-year-old New York boy invented the “Menurkey” and raised more than $48,000 on Kickstarter for his trademarked turkey-shaped menorah. Woodstock-inspired T-shirts have a turkey perched on the neck of a guitar and implore “8 Days of Light, Liberty & Latkes.” The creators nabbed the trademark to “Thanksgivukkah.”
Let's not forget the food mash-ups commemorating the staying power of the pilgrims and the fighting prowess of the Jews, along with the miracle of one night's oil lasting eight days. Pumpkin latkes, apple-cranberry sauce and deep-fried turkey, anyone?
The Jewish calendar makes Hanukkah appear to drift slightly from year to year, but it hasn't coincided with Thanksgiving for 125 years and isn't expected to do so again for more than 79,000 years.