11/27/13 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents looks at the 200 year history of Hanukkah in America. Professor Dianne Ashton looks at how American Jews have been transforming the ancient holiday from a simple occasion into something grand.
This year's Thanksgiving celebration coincides with the first day Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. It's a convergence that hasn't occurred since 1888 and which may not occur again for more than 70,000 years.
Jokes about Manischewitz-hued turkeys aside, this is a fabulous opportunity to mingle two great food traditions.