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Thanksgivukkah happens once every 70,000 years

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By Ava Wilhite

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — As you pick up last minute items at the grocery store like green beans, butter and even a turkey, don't forget the menorah.

"There will be a nice blend of the two holidays. You know Turkey goes well with potato latkes, which are potato pancakes, which are traditionally eating on Chanukah, with cranberry relish you can make sweet potato latkes and you can fry different things because frying things for Chanukah symbolizes the oil found in the temple," said Alex Grumbacher, the executive director of the KKBE synagogue in Charleston.

He says unlike the Gregorian calendar which has a leap year, the lunar calendar or Jewish calendar has a leap month. He says it's the mathematical reason why he will be lighting the menorah with family tonight. 

"There's all these calculations and things that go into all these different calendars that address how early Chanukah can start and how late Thanksgiving can be," said Grumbacher.

He says both holidays have similar origins: both the Jews and the Pilgrims were escaping religious persecution. He says religious freedom is something everyone can be thankful for at the dinner table.

"We're thankful that we live in a country where we have the ability to practice our own religion, and Charleston was founded on those principles as well," said Grumbacher.

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