American or not, you can make this Thanksgiving a great day to open your heart. Especially because today also coincides with Hanukkah, you might open your heart to miracles, too. Today has been called “Thanksgivukkah.”
Hanukah celebrates a miracle, the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. And, in particular, how one day’s worth of oil (required for the re-dedication) lasted for eight days.
If it weren’t for the American Jews, living in a Christian-dominated society, Hanukkah would be considered a minor holiday. Judaism hinges on large, flashier miracles. The burning bush. Or the big Passover miracles, which include the sparing of first-born sons and the parting of the Red Sea.
You know what I give big thanks for on this Thanksgivukkah?