Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The menorah is the traditional candelabra used to celebrate Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday that commemorates the second century BC victory of Judah Maccabee and his followers in a revolt in ancient Judea against armies of the Seleucid empire.
Fourth grader Weintraub said his cartoonish turkey, which uses its feathers to hold the candles, is a lighthearted way to celebrate the holidays' similarities. The two holidays coinciding on the calendar won't happen again for thousands of years.
Hanukkah begins at sundown and the second candle is to be lit on Thanksgiving Day. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share the same theme - being thankful for our blessings. So be thankful for your friends and family, and for what you do have, no matter how small (or large) a bounty it is.