Surveys Jewish vacation trips, heritage, and tradition, and indicates non-religious how one can have fun one's ethnic background.
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The coeditor of the tremendously renowned Jewish Catalog "help[s] readers comprehend extra absolutely the which means of our vacation trips and thereby to watch those gala's . . . with a better devotion and pleasure. "--Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler
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MICHAEL STRASSFELD is the rabbi of the Society for the development of Judaism, a synagogue. He lives in new york together with his spouse, Rabbi
Joy Levitt, and their 5 children.
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Each immigrant brings the stories of older international locations and older loyalties. The Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers usually are not as previous as Moses and David. yet they provide us nationwide roots. Our American faith is the party of our American event. Thanksgiving is a part of that social gathering. it truly is greater than the reminiscence of Pilgrims on a Massachusetts shore. it really is greater than a reminder of our colonial beginnings. it's the dramatic image of the undramatic resource of nationwide strength. the trouble of being a part of an company more than ourselves, the willingness to percentage our paintings with those that proportion our loyalty, the courtesy to caress one another with phrases of thankful affection-all those quiet deeds are the protection which makes daring event and person glory attainable. Thanksgiving makes us flip from the glitter of nationwide heroes to the substance of human neighborhood. tune: zero appealing (No. seventy two) id each one people has many identities. We belong to many groups. we're Jews. we're americans. we're additionally a part of humanity, electorate of the realm. Loyalty to a neighborhood is damaging to ourselves and to others whilst it truly is absolute and enthusiast, while it excludes our different commitments. it's fit whilst it truly is moderate and good-humored, while it permits us to benefit from the richness of all our attachments. To be an American and basically an American is simply too slender a imaginative and prescient. In an international the place no kingdom is self reliant and the place no humans is self-sufficient, chauvinism is greater than super-loyalty. it's dumb conceitedness. The grandeur of the US is its connection to all humanity. Too assorted to be restricted to English stories, it embraces all of the races of the realm between its voters. Too younger to omit the origins of its humans, it unearths its fatherland in lots of overseas. Too robust to restrict its creations to neighborhood areas, it reaches out to many countries to offer and take. Our American and our human loyalties supplement one another and rescue us from the sin of parochial delight. we all stand at the mountain of human tradition, that's common, and which no kingdom can declare as completely its personal. we're human, even earlier than we're American, even earlier than we're Jewish. Our thanksgiving to others needs to transcend generic barriers. music: AYFO OREE (No. 14) MEMORIAL faith has consistently had a passion for ancestors. it really is that a part of patriotism that turns to the prior and reveres our roots. Too usually this reverence simply turns into worship, altering the tales of our earlier into myths and the heroes of our earlier into gods. but if this tribute has strength of will and retains its appreciate in the bounds of cause and sincere affection, it ceases to be pious and turns into thankful attachment. groups exist in time, in addition to in house. the USA is greater than miles of land. it's also years of historical past. it truly is greater than the desires of the residing. it's also the long-lasting paintings of the lifeless. Thanksgiving reaches out in 3 instructions. It embraces the current of our residing acquaintances with gratitude. It touches the way forward for our dependents with wish.