Latest update: November 11th, 2013
This year’s coincidence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah is one of those events that no one outside of the United States feels he is lacking, and the latest gimmick of turkey and cranberry-filled doughnuts raises the question of how many American Jews are so thrilled about it.
Since 1888, 1899 and 1918, the two holidays never have occurred at the same time until this year, and after that, it won’t happen again until 2070 and 2165.
Because of quirks in the system of calculating the calendars, the two holidays will not occur until the year 79811, give or take a day.
New York’s Zucker’s Bakery probably won’t be around then, and it is questionable whether Thanksgiving will still be in existence, so the bakery this year is outdoing Baskin-Robbins’ weirdo flavors and has come up with all sorts of doughnuts for those who religiously observe the customs of eating turkey on Thanksgiving and doughnuts on Hanukkah.
Zucker’s, based in Manhattan, has four twin-holiday menu items, take them or leave them.
First, there are spiced pumpkin doughnuts, complete with turkey and gravy filling.
If that doesn’t suit your fancy, try the same doughnuts with turkey and cranberry filling for a more Thanksgiving-style taste.
Two more options are spiced pumpkin doughnuts with cranberry sauce filling and sweet potato doughnuts with toasted marshmallow cream filling.
Coming up with the delicacies was “fun” event for the bakery’s co-owner and baker Melissa Feit, whose company is selling the Thanksgivukkah doughnuts for the fun price of $3.50 to $5 a piece, meaning the bakery does not pay you to eat them but you have to pay the bakery.
Now, what would happen if Thanksgiving coincided with Passover?
Unleavened doughnuts with horseradish anyone?
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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