A day more special than Thanksgivukkah

Today is a special day.  Not because it’s the first time since 1888 and the last time until 79,811 that Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah coincide.

Nope.  Today is special because it’s my oldest daughter’s 19th birthday.  Every nineteen years, the Gregorian and lunar calendars coincide, so this is the first year since she’s born that her birth dates are on the same day.


When T. was born nineteen years ago, I had no idea of the special soul that had just been sent to me.  She has taught me so much, things that hopefully have made me a better mother and a better person.    She has deepened my understanding of what courage and love really are, shown me what it means to love someone else and what it means to love yourself.  She has many incredible qualities and I have no doubt she will continue to use them to bring light into the lives of many people.

Nineteen years ago it was the first day of Chanukah, and a special light came into this world.  I had no idea of the amazing soul that I had just become a mother to.  But now I know.

T 19

**Happy birthday to you, T., my incredible, amazing daughter.  I love you so much and couldn’t be prouder of you.  **


13 thoughts on “A day more special than Thanksgivukkah

  1. Happy birthdy tehila! Aviva I’ve been meaning to write this for some time and you finally gave me a reason! I met Tehila on sukkos at rabbi Goldbergers sukkah and she was such a delight! I was very pregnant with two toddlers in a very squished (bh) sukkah and was lucky enough to sit next to your daughter! She was so sweet and such a help. I was feeling so overwhelmed, we had just moved to Baltimore and it as so nice to meet such a lovely girl! I was sad to hear she would be going back to ny. I hope she is loving what she’s doing and hat she has a year of health, success, and all other good things. Thanks for sharing this :)

  2. So glad to hear that things are better, Tehila! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you a very special year!!!!

  3. Happy birthday, Tehila! you have been in my prayers. Wishing you a wonderful future, good health, happiness and many blessings from Hashem!

  4. Happy birthday!

    It is a special day in our home as well; our second son was born on the first night of chanuka 11 years ago (a little unexpectedly – a whole month early!).


  5. Wow, someone whose birthday actually follows the 19 year rule! My husband’s birthday falls together more often than 19 years but not when he was 19, and mine only falls together once every 38 years. Happy birthday to both of you (mama and grown child)!

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