Giving Thanks

Lincoln's original proclamation was a tribute to the Almighty.

Comments (7)

(7) HF, December 4, 2008 11:26 AM

one day?

Just like we don''t believe in celebrating mothers/father''s day because it is our duty to honor them everyday in our mitzvah of honoring parents, so too thanksgiving, the way lori put it should''t only be one day a year, look for something to thank G-d for every day, if you think hard enough you will find a lot of things

(6) linda llewellyn, November 27, 2008 3:19 AM


I think thank giving day is a very good idea, to give thanks to God for what he has done. I wish we had it in this country. Happy thanks giving day.

(5) chava, November 26, 2008 4:21 AM

It wasn't after the civil war. It was actually in the midst of it... which makes it all the more amazing.

(4) ruth housman, November 25, 2008 2:23 PM

another Valentine for God

Hi, I think the reality of this day, and other days that are set aside for LOVE, is that we act in each day with these deep feelings of thankfulness for all creation, for what we have, whether this is a religious invocation or not. I do believe LOVE is the ANSWER. Once we do this, we become more meditative, more giving, more socially aware, and we try to share and right the wrongs we perceive, to give to others however we can. This is about JOY. I like to celebrate the American Thanksgiving "with all the trimmings"because it's FUN and food is a way of gathering us all together. It's a creative holiday and a festive holiday. Yes I do mourn for the turkey and many of my relatives eat tofu turkey. I think the whole of this is celebratory, of bounty of all kinds, a prosperity of love, and surely we can all find this, another sunset, another handshake, even in the darkest corners.

(3) s, November 25, 2008 1:54 PM

beautiful message Thinking about the blessings we have like family, friends, health and whatever else, helps to make us happier.

(2) Anonymous, November 24, 2008 1:44 AM

During, not after, the civil war.

Lori - one minor correction. Lincoln's proclamation setting Thanksgiving Day was DURING (1863), not AFTER the Civil War (1861-1865). His belief in G-d's goodness and the need to thank Him was proclaimed in the midst of war! That makes his message (and yours) all the more inspiring. In these difficult times of financial insecurity, it would be a good idea to focus on thanks for G-d's many blessings that he has showered upon us (with or without extravagant turkey dinners!).

(1) Rosen, November 23, 2008 6:46 AM

thankful as is

Lately, I have been feeling thankful enough that I don't need so many material goods as gifts in order to be satisfied for the holidays. I have a warm Jewish home. Thus, I have learned that in Ethics of the Fathers, it is stated that one who is rich is satisfied and content with what he/she already has. As for gifts and other extraneous material goods, they can bring upon physical baggage of needing to manage to many tangible things. All in all, what's probably most important of being thankful is having a family who is always there for you, regardless of how much money is made or the material goods obtained.


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