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PostSubject: Thanksgivakah   Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:57 pm

Moved from "Ritual and Mitzvot" category.
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For friends who celebrate both Chanukah and Thanksgiving:
A Thanksgivakah song to the tune of "Oh Chanukah", parody by Carol Giller Rubin and Robin Selinger. Please share!!!

Thanksgivakah Thanksgivakah, come light the menurkey,
Sing "Plymouth Rock of Ages" and deep fry a turkey,
Maccabees and pilgrims join hand in hand,
To spread religious freedom throughout every land.
Play dreidel, and ladle,
Some stuffing onto your plate,
It is no mystery, this one night in history, American Jews celebrate,
It is no mystery, this one night in history, American Jews celebrate!

Thanksgivakah Thanksgivakah won't soon be repeated,
Giving thanks for food and enemies defeated,
Sweet potato latkes with cranberries, too,
Pumpkin pie and gelt for me and for you.
This morning, at dawning, a brand new tradition was made,
Soufganiot on a Chanukah float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade,
Soufganiot on a Chanukah float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

[*Robin was a college classmate of mine. She is a "cantorial soloist" for her Reform congregation in Ohio.]
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgivakah   Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:01 pm

My daughter says that she wants to make cranberry-filled sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts which are an Israeli Chanukah food) for one of our Thanksgiving desserts since Thanksgiving is on the first day of Chanukah this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgivakah   Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:28 am

Here's a video of the above Thanksgivakah song:
Oh Thanksgivakah! video
My friend Robin is the adult with the guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: Thanksgivakah   Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:21 am

I received this from a friend. Her Orthodox Jewish family is very musical and has a great sense of humor (she wrote a musical comedy which was produced at an independent theater in Chicago and her son led part of Shacharit at his bar mitzvah using a tune from the Harry Potter movie), so I wouldn't be surprised if they don't actually sing this song at their Thanksgiving table.
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Greetings fellow celebrants:

By now, we are all well aware of the upcoming “once in a lifetime” calendar collision of chanuka and thanksgiving. We have seen the turkey menorahs and the “clever” greeting cards (gobble tov!?) and many other commercial endeavors. Not since 1888? Not again until 79,811? Strange indeed. What you may not have heard about is a piece of old parchment recently unearthed by archeologists which contains a curious bit of early american verse. Author unknown. Herewith, I give you “Plymouth Rock of Ages” - the lost verse. If you drink enough on Thursday, perhaps you will be inspired to add it on when you light candles in the evening. Sing it and forget it, you won’t need it for another 50,000 years give or take.

In autumn sixteen twenty one

The pilgrims had thanksgiving

Winter in New England had not been fun

And they were happy to be living

Today we take vacation

To celebrate our nation

Our families meet

We drink, we eat

And then we shop and watch football


!חנוכה שמח
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