Auspicious Simultaneity: Holiday Potentiation

Plymouth Rocks!

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

How to post something about Chanukah as well as Thanksgiving without going into cultural dissonance? Is it portentous or auspicious that they fall on the same day this year?  What, in God’s name, does it all mean? I met someone recently who told me it meant people were going to find redemption…

I certainly hope he is right.


 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel;
be glad and rejoice with all the heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem.
The Lord hath taken away thy judgments,
he hath cast out thine enemy:
the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee:
thou shalt not see evil any more.

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