Holidays / Thanksgiving / Thanksgiving Readings

A JewBelong Promise To Work Together To End Antisemitism

-A JewBelong Original

First line: Antisemitism is on the rise and we must all do our parts to stop it. Jews and allies need to be courageous, to call it out and to never make excuses for it. Last line: We’ve already learned the bitter lesson that true hate is never little, it is never unimportant, and it should never, ever be ignored…

Prayer For Our Country

-Robert F. Kennedy

Beautiful and famous reading by Robert Kennedy. A real crowd pleaser because the truth is beautiful.

First line: Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, misery, ignorance and violence. Last line: Crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples can build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance…

Another Prayer For Our Country (Because We Need It)

-Rabbi Ayelet Cohen

Chances are, if you are reading this for your family’s reunion or Thanksgiving celebration, you are living in the US and to be honest, your country could use a prayer right now. But, this reading is not specifically for the US, in fact, there probably isn’t a country in the world that could not use a little or lot of prayer right now. This one is a beauty.

First line: Our God and God of our ancestors, bless this country and all who dwell within it. Last line: Let justice well up like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream…

What We Have To Be Grateful For

-Rick Moranis

First line: I HAVE two kids. Last line: I have two kids coming home for Thanksgiving…

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…

Winnie The Pooh

-A.A. Milne

Here are ten sweet, somewhat philosophical sayings from Winnie The Pooh and his squad.

First line: You are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think. Last line: How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard…

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…

This Year, Give Thanks, For Everything

-Author Unknown

An utterly uplifting reading about thanks and gratitude.

First line: This year, give thanks, for everything. Last line: And you are enough…

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…

Planting The Seeds Of Eternity

-A Talmud Story

Those of us worried about climate change may take very different meanings from this beautiful reading from the Talmud (an ancient Jewish text). But whether we are helping the earth or hurting it, it’s going to be generations after us that are going to be affected by our actions.

First line: One day a sage was walking along a road, and he saw a man planting a carob tree. Last line: The man replied: “I found grown carob trees in the world; as my forefathers planted those for me, I too plant these for my children…”

Visions Of Peace

-Yehuda Amichai

So short and beautifully eloquent.

First line: Don’t stop after beating the swords into ploughshares, don’t stop! Last line: Whoever wants to make war again will have to turn them into ploughshares first…

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