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Subject: Re: Naive Gentile Question # 1001 Date: 11/29/2013 2:57 PM
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It's a quirk of the Jewish lunar calendar.

Muslims use a lunar calendar. Jews use a lunisolar calendar, though almost no one uses that term. But I assure you I'm not making it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunisolar_calendar

The quirk is actually two quirks. Since adopting Rambam's fixed the calendar about 900 years ago, the Jewish and secular calendars coincide every 19 years. Just as Hanukkah started on the eve of November 28th in 2013, so it will again 19 years hence, in 2032.

Hanukkah will fall on the 28th (or the eve of the 28th) once every 19 years or so.

That's quirk #1.

Quirk #2 is the fact that just as Hanukkah seems to float around on the Gregorian calendar, so too does Thanksgiving. It can fall as early as November 22, and as late as November 28th.

Typically Hannukah tends to overlap with Christmas.

Only if by "typically" you mean "about 25% of the time."

For the next 25 X-mases, only 6 coincide with Hanukkah.

2013: No
2014: No
2015: No
2016: Yes
2017: No
2018: No
2019: Yes
2020: No
2021: No
2022: Yes
2023: No
2024: No
2025: No
2026: No
2027: Yes
2028: No
2029: No
2030: Yes
2031: No
2032: No
2033: No
2034: No
2035: No
2036: No
2037: No
2038: Yes
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