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  1. The story is that there was a Jewish doctor on board one of Columbus' ships and when he saw the strange birds, he called them 'tuki' (parrot in Hebrew) which evolved into the word turkey!

  2. Its no longer Thanks Giving…it has been hijacked by corporate Black Friday…we must take back this holiday its meant for families to be together, not corporations to hijack for profits…boycott companies that make their employees work on Thanks Giving….return this day to the people….

  3. Just finished reading an Article in Jewniverse which was about the early American settlers thinking that the Indians were one of the lost tribes and went so far as to say one of the Indian Tribes used something similar to Tafillin! Early Jewish settlers were also convinced of this as many of the Indian languages greatly resembled Hebrew! If it was god enough for them, it most certainly is good enough for me. I live in the US and observe both Jewish and most American holidays!

  4. Bradford that did the first one studies Hebrew and also did not celebrate Christmas and easter. He also was instrumental in having Harvard requiring knowing Hebrew to graduate. Also wanted to model American on Jewish principles. With that, I do stop, think about the real meaning intended and enjoy the day as intended by him on the first gathering.

  5. I see thanksgiving as another opportunity to express our thankfulness for the many blessings G-D bestows upon on my family and I. I try to be observant of the plight of the American-Indian as I am certain it does not hold the same meaning to them as it does to most Americans. So it is more about quality time together than the standard experience.

  6. I was born and grew up in America and felt lucky to do so. My husband and his family were Holocaust survivors. We celebrated Thanksgiving and loved the holiday. I still do and am lucky enough to spend it with my children and grandchildren. Up until the last few decades I never heard any of our Jewish people express any hesitation about celebrating the holiday!
    Indeed, I recall a Hasidic Rabbi, who has a national reputation, arranging a wonderful kosher Thanksgiving buffet at a hotel. We attended with our children. The holiday is a time for every American to give thanks–according to our own religious traditions. Incidentally, I also share the sadness of one of the posters over the effort to turn the holiday into a celebration of getting shopping bargains! And I dislike the fad of calling the day "Turkey Day" instead of Thanksgiving!

  7. Thanksgiving and the 4th. of July are my two favorite secular American holidays. They give us pause to think about the meaning of that day. I love my country, and I am a Vietnam Vet. On those two days, I feel just like any other American. Proud, and thankful.

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