Monday, November 30th 2020   |

Thanksgiving

OP-ED: Thanksgiving was established during an American crisis. Then and now, Judaism teaches us to be grateful.

By RABBI MOSHE HAUER

(JTA) — How do you celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic? 

The medical, financial, social and emotional challenges, coupled with the stresses we are experiencing within civil society, have made this a hard time to focus on our blessings. How can we express gratitude at a time of such difficulty?

Somehow we must. Our country is not in perfect shape, and our lives are at times unrecognizable. But...

OP-ED: Gearing up for Thanksgiving alone? Here’s a rabbi’s advice from a season of pandemic Jewish holidays.

By RABBI JEREMY MARKIZ

(JTA) — While my wife and I were sitting outside during Succot, the Jewish harvest festival in the fall, we spent some time reflecting on the fact that we celebrated the major Jewish holidays during the pandemic.

On the one hand, we missed our friends and family at Passover, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We missed making memories around tables filled with food and wine....

Thanksgiving

By RABBI DAVID WOLPE

The first words we say in the morning are “Modeh ani”– I am grateful. When the Amida is repeated the prayer leader recites everything on behalf of the congregations save the modim passage — the prayer of thanks. Our lives are filled with blessings to recite — over food, over experiences, over nature, over one another — and each is an expression of thanks to God.

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Those almost Jewish puritans

By TED ROBERTS, the SCRIBBLER ON THE ROOF

I had a long talk with our Rabbi the other day about Thanksgiving. Since I’m always looking to celebrate and write about Jewish holidays, I proposed that we Jews grab Thanksgiving and put it on our list. I must have won the argument because here I am writing a Thanksgiving story. (I won the Christmas debate last year when I repeatedly insisted...

At Thanksgiving time, making a leap to feed the needy

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — As we prepare for our Thanksgiving feasts, a 90-year-old Jewish man named Arnold Abbott is stirring the pot in Fort Lauderdale, FL., about hunger and homelessness in America.

Or is it that Abbott, who in defiance of a controversial new city ordinance has been cited several times for feeding the homeless outdoors, is just asking us...

At Thanksgiving time, an exercise in mindfulness

By CINDY SHER

CHICAGO (JTA) — Last year, for a month before Thanksgiving I jotted down one thing for which I was grateful every night before I went to bed.

Here are some of the 30 blessings I recorded:

• A warm bed. • Airplanes that fly me to visit my family for Thanksgiving. • A baby bundled in a puffy coat and a hat with teddy...