This Thursday as the American World celebrates the nationalistic holiday of Thanksgiving. However for the first time since 1888 and the next time wont be for another 79000 years; Jews in America will celebrate Hannukkah alongside Thanksgiving. It shall be a wondrous and joyous occasion for all. The spirit of lighting up the world along with remembering how the pilgrims fought for a free land. In a sense Hannukkah and Thanksgiving line up nicely in historic terms. The Maccabees were fighting for freedom of religion. They were the underdog and they fought long and hard with much less supplies to overcome the Greek-Syrians. The fight for Independence from Britain was not much different. The pilgrims were fighting for freedom, in general. They were also the underdog and fought long and hard with much less than their opposition. In both cases, the underdog came out on top. They did what they had to. They did what was right. They placed their hope and trust in the Almighty G-d!
History tells what happened next….and today, thousands of years after the Maccabean Revolt and hundreds of years after the Plymouth colonists and Indians shared in a Harvest feast, we, American Jews will celebrate both. Together.