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Parashat Mikeitz (November 30, 2013)
by Cantor Lori Corrsin

MIKEITZ IS THE TORAH PORTION for Chanukah every year, but the special Haftarah for Shabbat Chanukah is from the book of the prophet Zechariah, not from the regular matching Haftarah for Mikeitz (which is from the book of First Kings). In this Hebrew year of 5774, amazingly enough, Thanksgiving occurs during Chanukah. The phrase from our Chanukah Haftarah, Zechariah Chapter 4, verse 6 actually fits both holidays perfectly:

Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit (will you prevail) — says the Lord of Hosts.

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