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Thanksgiving

Young woman in profile with a ponytail and sunglasses wearing earbuds

A song – and its sentiment of humility and gratitude – wove its way through a recent trip with my classmates to the Negev desert here in Israel.

Chelsea Feuchs
The word gratitude revealed when butcher paper is torn away; the whole graphic is outlined with a heart-shaped red line

To be truly grateful, we have to learn to get out of our own way. This Thanksgiving, before we can practice gratitude, we have to tap into our own sense of humility.

Rabbi Marc Katz
Person in shadow facing the sunshine arms up in a gesture of openness and gratitude

Poet Stacey Zisook Robinson reflects on Judaism’s call to us to both partner with God to repair what is broken and to give thanks for the whole of our lives.

Stacey Zisook Robinson

There are lots of ways to infuse your celebration with Jewish meaning – and recipes from ReformJudaism.org. Start with a favorite turkey recipe and these dishes will cover the rest.

Marissa Solomon
Give Thanks scrawled on a tablecloth beneath a Thanksgiving setting

I hope that by taking time to appreciate what we have, I can energize myself to continue working on behalf of those whose lives have been damaged by injustice and cruelty.

Ariela Housman
Montage of fall folliage, leaves,pine cones, and small gourds

This original prayer is a reminder to all of us to rejoice in life's blessings and to share the bounty of God's gifts.

Alden Solovy
Make a difference sign tacked to a cork board

As we take stock of our own blessings at this season, one way to demonstrate our gratitude is to support efforts that provide goods and services to those in need.

Jane E. Herman
Grocery cart containing produce, bread, and other items; store aisle and shelves in background

Read one writer’s prayer of gratitude inspired by the abundance she sees in the grocery store.

Sharon Davidson
Dictionary entry for grateful

Occasionally, you meet someone who changes your life. For me, actor and director Harold Ramis was such a person.

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein
Assorted rocks and stones on wet sand; largest one says Blessings

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, our Torah readings take up the story of Jacob. Learn how these seemingly different topics dovetail beautifully.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

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