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Confluence of disparate traditions

Today marks the first time in about a thousand years that Hanukkah falls on the same day that ended up being America’s Thanksgiving holiday this year. It’s an unusual overlap symbolizing the confluence of Judeo-Christian values. Both holidays are about giving thanks to God for salvation from death, both holidays celebrate freedom. Today, may your Thanksgiving be doubly blessed with the presence of Hanukkah’s first day, and may it portend good things to come for America.

Maybe small things will help

Sometimes the smallest of things can change the course of history.

Otherwise known as the “butterfly effect,” or “ripple effect,” among other suitable descriptions, the idea that tiny, often initially imperceptible actions ultimately trigger world-changing events has a persistent following especially among scientists, religious believers, and conspiracy theorists.

Tomorrow starts the Jewish New Year. Although it is only followed by a relative handful of humans on Planet Earth (about seven or eight million people), perhaps those prayers for peace and harmony, goodness and health, will waft to the highest places and trigger an outpouring of blessings. We can all only hope and pray.

Happy New Year to my many Jewish friends.