The Society for Classical Reform Judaism joins Jewish communities and organizations around the country in giving thanks for our nation. We are privileged to live in this beautiful land, where our Constitution guarantees our freedom to speak our minds, practice our faith, and follow our dreams. As we count our many blessings, we also feel the pain of a deeply divided nation crying out for a narrowing of the divide between the haves and the have-nots, for an end to discrimination against minorities, and more. On this Thanksgiving Day, let us all work harder to affirm and realize our Constitutional imperative and ideal to provide liberty and justice for all.
Many faith leaders and communities are saying their Thanksgiving Day prayers for our country. Here are some prayers that you may wish to share at your family gathering.
Family Prayers for Thanksgiving Day
by Rabbi Howard A. Berman
Central Reform Temple, Boston, Massachusetts
God of the universe, from You come our blessings from day to day and from year to year. The towering mountains and the shaded forests, the abundant streams and the fruitful earth tell of Your endless bounty. For this land so richly blessed, we raise our voices in joyful thanks. As Pilgrims to these shores, people came from many lands to seek liberty and new hope. Some did not always practice the justice they sought, especially toward those who were here long before us. And there were many others who were brought here against their will. Yet together they all found renewed purpose, increased strength, and the opportunity to outgrow old fears and superstitions. For our country, for its freedom – promised, attained – and yet to be fulfilled; and for the richness of its natural blessing, we offer our humble thanks. For the vision of greater harmony and unity among all of our citizens, we offer fervent hope.
O God of justice and right, inspire all who dwell in our beloved land with loyalty to the noblest ideals of its founders. Give us wisdom and strength to labor for its well-being, on the firm foundation of justice and truth. Fill us with the spirit of kindness and generosity, cooperation and peace, that this land may continue to be a beacon of light to many people.
.בָּרוּךְ אָתָּה יְיָ אֶלוֹהֵנוּ מֶלֶך הָעוֹלָם הַמּוֹצִיא לֶכֶם מִן הָאָרֶץ
Ba-ruch A-ta Adonai, E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam, ha-mo-tzi le-chem min ha-a-retz.
Let us praise the Eternal God, Ruler of the Universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth.
.בָּרוּך אַתָּה יְיָ אֶלוֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶך הַעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְמָנוּ וְהִגִיעָנוּ לַזְמַן הַזֶּה
Ba-ruch A-ta Adonai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chi-ya-nu, v’ki-y’ma-nu, v’hi-gi-a-nu, la-z’man ha-zeh.
Let us praise God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to celebrate this joyful day together.
More Thanksgiving Prayers:
A Prayer for our Country from The Ritual Well