Thanksgiving as a secular holiday is an opportunity for families to gather, but the original feast celebrated by the Puritans could very well have been a conscious move towards the coming together of Judah and Israel, as foretold in the Book of Ezekiel.
Moving to Israel brings means leaving many things behind but for many American Olim (immigrants) Thanksgiving is a tradition they continue to celebrate in the Holy Land.
In Israel, Thanksgiving is celebrated only by American immigrants. But Israelis could really use Thanksgiving now, too.
Rabbi Pesach Wolicki grew up in Canada, where Thanksgiving is not celebrated to the extent of American Thanksgiving. However, his thoughts on the holiday have changed over the years. “As the years have gone on, and I’ve appreciated what Thanksgiving is, I found it to be a very, very meaningful day,” he says. “Thanksgiving is a […]
The recent surge in antisemitism from the black community regurgitates age-old tropes, namely that another group has replaced the Jews as God’s Chosen People. When Christianity first broke off from Judaism 2,000 years ago, the younger religion claimed that their “New” Testament replaced the “Old” one, and that they were the New Israel. Known as […]
Raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in the United States, my family along with most others in our community embraced Thanksgiving with a religious devotion nearly on par with our own Jewish festivals. We celebrated the American holiday each fall with a quasi-ritual meal, offering up thanks and appreciating the religious freedom America offered. As […]
It is a wonderful addition to any special gathering, and certainly a Thanksgiving day feast, to share thanks and include Biblical verses of thanksgiving.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday marks the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It was devised as a way of helping to focus people’s minds on not only receiving – gifts etc. – during the Christmas and holiday season, […]
At a special Thanksgiving Day event, Pastor Jentezen Franklin and Rabbi Tuly Weisz, a Christian and a Jew, came together – under the auspices of Colel Chabad – to help some of Jerusalem’s poorest and neediest residents.
Thanksgiving, this year November 22, was inaugurated in 1621 by the colonial Pilgrims who wanted to show their gratitude for having a productive harvest which provided satisfying meals. Thanksgiving continues to be a day upon which most Americans gather with family and friends for feasting and counting their blessings.