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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Jews And Thanksgiving, Yet Again

Once again I offer the simplest, most practical reason as to why many Jews don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

Like I said last year, it's not because of religious issues, it's because Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. And who on earth wants to sit down and eat a giant Thanksgiving turkey dinner, when less than 24 hours later, you're going to be sitting down and eating the Friday night Shabbos meal, which in many Jewish homes is even larger than your typical Thanksgiving feast?


It's not about the food. It's about the opportunity to have over or visit people you otherwise normally can't, or even if you could, it's a lot more chilled out - people aren't dressed up, it's less formal, etc. It's just fun.
I may not have a Turkey dinner, but I'm happy to join in the celebration by getting out of work at 3:30 on Wednesday and not going back until Monday morning.

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