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The Jewciest Thanksgiving Reads

The Jewciest Thanksgiving Reads

Whether you’re spending time with family or doing nothing at all, we’re here to deliver some light reading to keep you busy as you wait for a meal or do some heavy digesting. From short stories, to tips and tricks, we’ve got it all. (Courtesy, of course, of our mom, Tablet.)

Happy Turkey Day!


Exile, Prejudice, Victory: A Jewish Thanksgiving Story From the New World

The story of Asser Levy and the first Jews in New Amsterdam

How American Jews Adopted—and Adapted—Thanksgiving

Special synagogue services may be a thing of the past but otherwise observing the holiday helped Jews feel like at one with the turkey-loving nation

As Thanksgiving Approaches, Advice on Gluttony From Maimonides

The great rabbi and doctor advised laxatives before the meal, exercise after, and no chickpeas

Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims’ American Jewish Holiday

How the biblical narrative of Exodus helped shape the founders’ idea of a secular nation with liberty for all

Saying ‘Shehechiyanu’ on Thanksgiving

This holiday, read I Say Shehechiyanu, a new children’s picture book that can help your family tolerate the inevitable mishegas

Treat a Lone Soldier to a Thanksgiving Dinner

A bar in Jerusalem provides Americans in the IDF with warm Thanksgiving meals, but this year, they need some help. Want to do a Thanksgiving mitzvah?

A Jewish Leader at the First Thanksgiving

Colonial cantor Gershom Mendes Seixas was a George Washington favorite

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