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Thanksgiving celebrates bounty, and offers us the opportunity to express gratitude for the simple pleasures of food, family, and friends. On Thanksgiving, we focus on the happiness of the moment—the table set before us and the faces gathered around it. As we appreciate these gifts, we live in the present without lingering on regrets from the past or worries about the future. Many communities use Thanksgiving as a time for multi-faith services of prayer and thanksgiving. This creates a mood of joyful reverence that gives an elevated shape to the American holiday season.

What is Enough?

By Rabbi Joshua Lesser
Recognizing abundance in our lives, reflecting upon our gratitude, and asking the question  "what is enough?"   more

Tags: meditation

The Curious Case of "Thanksgivukkah"

By Rabbi Jason Klein
Hanukkah has always been about thanksgiving.   One of my favorite seemingly unlikely Jewish comparisons is the parallel between Purim and Yom Kippur; the latter’s proper name is actually Yom...  more
Blog Post | November 5, 2013

Blessings to Share

By Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin, Ph.D.
On Thanksgiving I acknowledge all that I have and pray that we will all have more to be thankful for next year. Thanksgiving makes me feel American. As an observant Jew, my holidays don’t always...  more
Blog Post | November 21, 2012

A Thanksgiving Adaptation

By Interfaith Workers Justice
An addition to the blessing after the meals focusing on our family who brought us to this land, and the labor of the many whose hands brought food to our table for this celebration.   more

An Evolving Thanksgiving

by Rabbi Fredi Cooper, Ed.D.
During the first days of November, I begin to travel into my “Thanksgiving mode.” Before I ever dreamt about becoming a rabbi, this meant trying to transform the day into something more for my family...  more
Blog Post | November 17, 2011

A Thanksgiving Prayer

By Rabbi Naomi Levy
<p>A prayer which can be used both in synagogue worship and at the holiday table</p>