In the Thanksgiving season of 2009 Dennis Prager [conservative talk show host and founder of his great Prager University web site] wrote this great piece on Thanksgiving in The Jewish Daily Forward : An American Yom Tov
It does so because it is quintessentially American, it is deeply religious without being denominational and it is based entirely on one of the most important, and noble, traits a human being can have — gratitude."
Dennis Prager writes at the end of his article:
"I recall with pride that in my Orthodox parents’ home on Thanksgiving we ritually washed our hands before the Thanksgiving meal and sang the Birkat Hamazon — the grace after meals — afterward as if it were a yom tov meal.
Indeed, Thanksgiving is literally a yom tov, a good day. The best there is."
Please read the entire article of this wonderful sense of Thanksgiving by Dennis Prager here.
Wishing all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!