|Meaning of Thanksgiving Day|
November 21, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week’s commentary follows:
We celebrate Thanksgiving today.
It's a wonderful holiday--a day for parades, family gatherings, football, and
And a day, we shouldn't forget, for giving thanks.
The Pilgrims originated the holiday in 1621. They drew their inspiration from
the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, when Jews give thanks for the bounty we enjoy.
After 9/11, at AJC, we felt that Thanksgiving was the perfect time not only for
all Americans to express gratitude for that bounty, but also to emphasize the
special blessing of America−and the ties that bind us.
Together with several partners, we created America's Table: a Thanksgiving
Reader. It highlights our diverse roots and shared values as Americans.
In just a few pages, we seek to capture the unique story of America and the
richness of our nation's mosaic.
Use the Reader at your holiday table. You'll be adding something important to
To get a copy, visit ajc.org.
This is David Harris of AJC, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.Date: 11/21/2012 12:00:00 AM