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Should a Jew Celebrate Thanksgiving?

By Tzvi Fishman
11/23/2011, 10:11 AM

Somebody asked me if I am celebrating Thanksgiving? What a silly question! For a Jew, everyday is Thanksgiving! We thank G-d when we get up in the morning. We thank Him when we get dressed. We thank Him when we leave the lavatory. We thank Him when we eat. All day long a Jew is busy thanking G-d for all of the kindnesses which He bestows upon us every minute of our lives.

What about America’s Thanksgiving Day? Do I celebrate that? Of course I do!

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in America anymore.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in a gentile land.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in a gentile culture, surrounded by gentile holidays, and gentile symbols, and gentile traditions.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in a gentile country that constantly pressures Israel to slice up its Land like a turkey.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in gentile country that constantly pressures Israel to cut up Jerusalem as if it were a sweet potato.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in gentile country that constantly is against Jews living in the heartland of biblical Israel.

I give thanks to G-d that I don’t live in a gentile country which fosters mass assimilation.

I give thanks to G-d that my children grow up speaking Hebrew, and knowing who they are, without schizophrenic identities of being half American and half Jewish.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that my children pledge allegiance to the Israel Defense Forces and not to the flag of a foreign land.

I give thanks To G-d that my children know that the forefathers of their Nation were Avraham Avinu and Sarah, and not George Washington.

I give thanks to G-d that my children say that Jerusalem is their capital and not Washington D.C.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d knowing that my children and grandchildren will marry Jews.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that I live in the Land of the Bible.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for granted me the unsurpassable privilege of performing the mitzvah to live in Israel.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that I live ten minutes away from the Kotel.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that I everything in the supermarket is kosher and that I don’t have to strain my eyes to find little OUs.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that He opened my eyes and allowed me to see the tragedy of living in a foreign land celebrating the holidays of the gentiles.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for having answered the prayers of the Jewish People for 2000 years to return us to Zion.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d that He has shattered the yoke of the goyim from our necks and allowed us to walk upright back to our Land.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for having given us a Jewish airline with daily flights to Israel from all over the world.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for rebuilding Jerusalem and Jewish cities and settlements all over Israel.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for making Israel the Torah center of the world.

On Thanksgiving Day, I give thanks to G-d for letting me play an active part in the Redemption of our Nation, just by being here and doing what I can to help in the strengthening of the Nation in its Land.

Of course I celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Tomorrow I am going to eat the biggest falafel I can!