As we approach Thanksgiving, we must strike a balance between the celebration of the good in our lives and an acknowledgement of the layers of complexity surrounding the dark moments in our history upon which the holiday is founded and observed.
Conventional wisdom dictates that on Thanksgiving we sit around the table, giving thanks for all that we have. But it bears repeating that while gratitude and humility are values we should embrace, prayer alone is not enough. When our plates are full, we have a responsibility to not only bow our heads and give thanks, but to pick up our hands and take action. So let us call to one another to make Thanksgiving a holiday of learning and of doing.
This year, as one of many ways we’re mobilizing this holiday season, Mitzvah Corps is joining Repair the World’s #ActNowAgainstHunger campaign, and we encourage you to join us!
You can check out Repair the World’s Turn the Tables guide to deepen your Thanksgiving meal, and root your conversations in Jewish values of dignity, justice, and humility. Create a plan for your family to learn more about food justice, food waste, and to pick a way to take action together.