Almost since their first arrival in America, Jews sponsored celebrations of American holidays as a way of asserting both their allegiance to American civic ideals and the symbiosis of Jewish and American values. Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Jews even made a practice of celebrating Thanksgiving in synagogues while Christians were doing the same in churches. With time, it became popular to participate in interfaith ceremonies. Despite its complicated past, Thanksgiving can serve as a reminder that even in our troubled times, we can still give thanks.
It keeps us centered, humble, and ultimately, empathetic. It is that empathy for others around us that defines us both as a Jewish community and country, and it can continue to help all of us, despite our differences, tackle difficulties in the future.
I will be grateful to gather for this ecumenical celebration with my own religiously diverse family. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Poor children would dress in costumes, beg for money or treats, and pull pranks.
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- The Maui Diet;
- The Guy Chair;
On Thanksgiving, no less! It was written by a group of church and charitable men who urged New Yorkers not to nurture habits of blackmailing and begging.
Eventually petitions from these urban leaders led school teachers to assign their students to write festive poems, perform plays, and draw pictures of turkeys, pumpkins, and Pilgrims. So the lessons teachers use today are still mostly filled with colorful clipart of pilgrims. But I imagine almost no one remembers their twisted origin, or how they made Thanksgiving time a more sedate family holiday.
On the second day, we build fluency by reading the letter silently for my above-grade level students or choral reading for my approaching-level kiddos. With this institution assigned to our keeping, what reply shall we make to those who say that its days are numbered? My own conviction is, that we should at once lift ourselves, intelligently, to the highest moral ground and proclaim to all the world that we hold this trust from God, and in its occupancy we are prepared to stand or fall as God may appoint.
If the critical moment has arrived at which the great issue is joined, let us say that, in the sight of all perils, we will stand by our trust; and God be with the right! The argument which enforces the solemnity of this providential trust is simple and condensed. Need I pause to show how this system of servitude underlies and supports our material interests? That our wealth consists in our lands and in the serfs who till them?
Thanksgiving Proclamation (2001)
That from the nature of our products they can only be cultivated by labor which must be controlled in order to be certain? That any other than a tropical race must faint and wither beneath a tropical sun? Need I pause to show how this system is interwoven with our entire social fabric?
That these slaves form parts of our households, even as our children; and that, too, through a relationship recognized and sanctioned in the Scriptures of God even as the other? How then can the hand of violence be laid upon it without involving our existence?
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God grant them complete success in the solution of all their perplexities! We, too, have our responsibilities and trials; but they are all bound up in this one institution, which has been the object of such unrighteous assault through five and twenty years. If we are true to ourselves we shall, at this critical juncture, stand by it and work out our destiny. The worst foes of the black race are those who have intermeddled on their behalf. We know better than others that every attribute of their character fits them for dependence and servitude. With the fairest portions of the earth in their possession and with the advantage of a long discipline as cultivators of the soil, their constitutional indolence has converted the most beautiful islands of the sea into a howling waste.
It is not too much to say that if the South should, at this moment, surrender every slave, the wisdom of the entire world, united in solemn council, could not solve the question of their disposal.