Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Some scholars believe that when the pilgrims wanted to celebrate their bountiful harvest, they looked to the Hebrew Bible for inspiration, and took the idea of the fall harvest holiday of Sukkot as their model for the first Thanksgiving feast.
Whether or not that’s true, it’s undeniable that giving thanks to G-d for the bounty of the earth is a very Jewish thing to do. Similarly, spending time with family and friends reflects the Jewish values of family and community.
And, during Thanksgiving, we also celebrate the Jewish value of tzedakah, as many of us take time to help out those less fortunate — either by volunteering at food banks and soup kitchens, donating to food and clothing drives, or raising funds for organizations that fight hunger and poverty.
The Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council strives to promote all of these values — family, community, and tzedakah — today and everyday throughout the year.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!