We’ve all had Thanksgiving parties with family and friends, and we’ve all enjoyed the day off. However we’ve all been at someone’s house when they have had all the trimmings but the turkey was dry. Basically, the key component is overcooked and overlooked. Well that is sort of what happens to the whole thanksgiving idea. Its not just a day that we sit back and watch the traditional football games or one that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, it’s more than that. It’s a day that was established to give thanks, thanks to G-d.
We all know about the pilgrims and Plymouth and how they found it necessary to offer their thanks for being able to serve G-d the way they wanted as opposed to the English rule. When we look further into history we find that George Washington wrote “… a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God…. for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed…” (The Massachusetts Sentinel Wednesday October 14, 1789). We see that Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “… No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, …. observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”
If even our FOUNDing fathers FOUND it necessary to FOUND a day to thank G-d for all the good FOUND in their lives don’t you think that we can FIND some time to do so as well? As long as we do that, who cares if you need to put some extra cranberry sauce on the turkey next year.
Rabbi Mendy Hecht
November 28, 2014 | From the Rabbi's Desk