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Can Jews Celebrate Thanksgiving?

By November 18, 2011

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Jewish ThanksgivingWhen it comes to celebrating non-Jewish holidays it's not surprising that many Jews wonder: can we celebrate it?

Thankfully (no pun intended) when it comes to Thanksgiving celebration is permissible. As a holiday with secular origins, observing Thanksgiving does not conflict with Jewish values or traditions. In fact, with its emphasis on appreciating the goodness in our lives and spending time with family, one could even say there's something very Jewish about Thanksgiving!

You can read more about this topic in: "Should Jews Celebrate Thanksgiving?" Also, if you're looking for ways to infuse Judaism into your holiday, check out this blog post about turkey-shaped challah and this blog post with links to Thanksgiving "seder" rituals and Jewish prayers.

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December 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm
(1) NT says:

Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrating the founding of the United States. Although the founders of the U.S. were Puritans, I don’t see any conflict with Americans of all faiths celebrating it. I’m Jewish and we have always celebrated Thanksgiving.

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