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"Call it a simple coincidence, call it Thanksgivukah, call it a once in a lifetime opportunity to integrate the quintessentially American and the quintessentially Jewish, but whatever you call it, celebrate the abundance and possibility in your life this year, as Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap...."
"Hanukkah is an ancient Jewish holiday that has truly come into its own in the context of America. The historic victory of the ancient Maccabees and the miracle of oil postdate the biblical era, so while the events were marked through the generations with lighting of lights and eating special foods, it remained a lesser holiday..."
Based on the bestselling book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin, Stars of David adapts the stories of well known Jewish personalities into humorous and touching songs. Among the personalities celebrated are Andy Cohen, Gloria Steinem, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Mike Wallace and Norman Lear and more. The stars’ stories have been adapted into amusing and often moving songs by award-winning writers.
This week, America sees the convergence of Thanksgiving and the beginning of Hanukkah, a rare quirk of calendar synchronicity that hasn't happened in over a hundred years and won't happen again for thousands more. At first glance, these two celebrations don't seem to have much in common, but look deeper at the stories of the Pilgrims and the Maccabees, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, "Each is a celebration of possibility and in our own ability to accomplish great things, even in the face of really overwhelming odds."
"...Have you ever clearly known what the world needed from you?
American writer Frederick Buechner observed, “The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet," (Wishful Thinking, 1973). When we align our own passion and abilities with a need the world has, we experience the deep gladness Buechner talks about.
Brad Hirschfield talks with Dan Mitchell about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate values that are deeply rooted in both Biblical history and the sacred story of how the United States came to be. Being grateful for what one has been given or has earned is the key to being happy. Both holidays have core stories about being grateful and their celebration on the same day is a big coincidence.
What do you get when you cross Hanukkah with Thanksgiving?
Sounds like the beginning of a Borscht Belt joke, but it’s actually a once in a lifetime event which you can celebrate this year, and if celebrated well, an event which can change your life forever.
Brad Hirschfield joined Lauren Green on Foxnews.com Live’s "Spirited Debate," to talk about Thanksgivukkah. The Hanukkah-Thanksgiving mash up offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate values that are deeply rooted in both Biblical history, and the sacred story of how the United States came to be.
"...the ethical and psychological challenges of abundance are quite different than scarcity. Two psychologists from Berkeley, Dacher Keltner and Paul Piff have shown that higher status upper class tend to be more selfish, less empathetic, less generous and less compassionate!..."
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"What if God took note of every mistake you made and considered it a glorious seed for a profoundly better future? God, it seems, is often counter-cultural. Whereas our society, often despite knowing better, constantly rewards achievement and success, God has an interesting track record of recognizing positive effort even when we are surrounded by failures of our own doing...."