Oct.5, 2013

Have you heard about Thanksgivukkah? On Nov. 28, 2013, for the first and only time in any of our lifetimes, the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving.

How did this happen? Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November. This year, it's on November 28th. Hanukkah always starts on the Hebrew calendar's 25th of Kislev, which coincides with a different day each year on our calendar. This year, it starts November 28th.

Social media gives it a new name: Thanksgiving + Hanukkah = Thanksgivukkah.

There are already posters and T-shirts on sale. And many have coming up with Thanksgivukkah recipes such as mashed potato latkes with cranberry applesauce and sufganiot (doughnuts).

Nine-year-old Asher Weintraub has designed and created a 3D-printed Thanksgivukkah symbolic piece, the Menurkey to celebrate this once in an eternity event.

What is a Menurkey? The Menurkey is a menorah shaped like a turkey, the two biggest symbols of the respective holidays.

(Asher) thought of the idea and the name when he learned of this strange calendar anomaly. He says one of the reasons he thought people might like to have a turkey menorah was because the holidays were similar - because in some way both commemorate being 'thankful.'

Asher designed the 3D model of the Menurkey with Tinkercad and Makerbot Studios helped printing out the prototype. Then ceramic artist, Connie Smith made the first prototypes for the Menurkey in plasticene.

Asher raised funds for the Menurkey on Kickstarter, and 820 backers donated over $48,000 for this project.

The Menurkeys will be made in two editions - a limited run of ceramic, glazed Menurkeys and a higher volume edition of plaster Menurkeys. Backers had also chance to to receive a 3D printed Menurkey, signed by the designer himself.

The Menurkey functions as a menorah which has nine candles, one for each day of Hanukkah plus an extra candle in the center. This extra candle is called the servant candle, and is lit first. One candle of the Menorah is lit each night for eight nights representing the eight days of miraculous light God provided the Jews - when enough oil for one night burned for eight.

The Kickstarter campaign has ended but you can still get your Menurkeys on its website. So enjoy this special day while you can. We won't get another chance in our lifetimes to celebrate Thanksgivukkah. It won't happen again for another 70,000 years!


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Maria conaty wrote at 3/12/2014 3:29:53 AM:

Hi Asher I love how you put thanksgiving and Hanukkah together

jitendra kumar wrote at 1/24/2014 2:01:56 AM:


Dr. RC Del Vecchio wrote at 11/26/2013 9:10:25 PM:

BRILLIANT entrepreneur!

Adam wrote at 10/6/2013 9:25:57 AM:

This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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