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God's Providence and the United States: A Thanksgiving Reader on Judaism and the American Idea

Rabbi Soloveichik for Yeshiva University's Chanukah To-Go

Published on Nov 21, 2013

Much has been made in the media of the fact that the American holiday of Thanksgiving occurs this year on what is, for Jews, the first day of Hanukkah. While this has provided much fodder for humorous remarks about "Thanksgivikah," in fact, the convergence of calendars ought to inspire us to ponder how the Jewish approach to expressing thanks and gratitude to God may have impacted America millennia later.

Check out this essay by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik to help provide a framework for reflecting on the American holiday that is upon us, and on the Jewish ideas that may have inspired it.

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