Rabbi Nevins on Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is the most Jewish of American holidays. It recalls the Torah’s instruction that ‘when you have eaten your fill, give thanks to the Lord your God for the good land which God has given you’ (Deut. 8:10). Thanksgiving calls on Americans not to hoard the earth’s bounty, but rather to share with ‘the stranger, the orphan and the widow who are in your community’ (Deut. 16:14; see also 24:19-22 and 26:10-12). As with Jewish festivals, the focal point is a family meal featuring traditional foods that connect Americans to their nation’s origin story.”

Read the rest of Rabbi Daniel Nevins’s “Four Existential Questions Worth Asking on Thanksgiving.”