You may not think of Thanksgiving as a Jewish holiday. And while you’re not exactly wrong, what could be more Jewish than families and friends gathering for a meal and giving thanks? Exactly. So, at JewBelong, we’re all in. We hope that while you’re gearing up for the big meal you’ll take a few minutes to choose a reading or two to share during your celebration. It’ll help remind your guests that we all have a little, or maybe a lot, to be thankful for, so that they come away from the holiday with more than a turkey hangover.

Family and food. What could be more Jewish?

Thanksgiving Readings

We Are Thankful

-Sidney Greenberg

This is a beautiful reading for when you are with a group. Like, here’s an idea… read it at Thanksgiving dinner.

First line: We are thankful for our family and friends and what we mean and bring to one another. Last line: Above all, grant us the wisdom to build a joyous and peaceful home in which the awareness of Your presence will always abide…

A Thanksgiving Prayer

-Rabbi Naomi Levy

Even with the imperfections of the US right now, this reading reminds us that we are blessed to be a part of this nation.

First line: For the laughter of the children. Last line: Thank You, God, for giving us all these. Amen…

Never Let A Day Pass Without Looking For The Good

-Rhonda Byrne

A somewhat generic, but we mean that in the best way, reading about gratitude.

First line: Never let a day pass without looking for the good, feeling the good within you, praising, appreciating, blessing, and being grateful. Last line: Make it your life commitment, and you will stand in utter awe of what happens in your life…

Thanks For The Memories

-Meredith Grey

Good old Shonda Rhimes, who brought us Grey’s Anatomy and its star, Meredith Grey, that somewhat confounding character who brought us so many laughs, tears, and thoughtful moments like this one.

First line: Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Last line: At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate…

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