Jewish law (Halacha) permits American Jews to celebrate Thanksgiving
because it is a secular holiday. Furthermore, "giving thanks" has always been an
important part of Judaism, from reciting blessings after meals to the pilgrimate
festival of Sukkot.
Thanksgiving evokes warm associations--a Norman Rockwell "Freedom from Want"
photograph, a midweek vacation from work, "meshpocheh" (family) and
friends gathering, an abundance of "geshmak" (delicious tasting) food,
This year, "Ver volt dos geglaibt?" (Who would believe it?), Hanukkah
begins at sundown the day after Thanksgiving.