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Hag Thanksgiving Sameach

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Thanksgiving is my favorite Jewish holiday.

If it were up to Benjamin Franklin, the United States would be a Hebrew-speaking country and the turkey it’s national symbol. The Thanksgiving tradition actually goes back to the early 17th century.

Many writers trace the roots of Thanksgiving to the early Puritans who brought a knowledge of Jewish Scripture to their settlements on the West Bank of the Atlantic and were inspired by the autumn festival of Sukkot to celebrate their abundant harvests.

I prefer the comparison to Passover, a time to give thanks for freedom. It reminds me to be grateful as a second generation American that all of my grandparents and my children’s and grandchildren’s ancestors emigrated to the Golden Medina, the land of opportunity where they could live free and prosper.

They came from Romania, Galicia, Ukraine, Austria-Hungary, Latvia and Russia. They were Kendalls, Knolls, Applebaums, Rubins, Fuchs’s, Frankels, Millers, Bornsteins, Elkins and Bloomfields.

In our families they came........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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