Happy Thanksgiving -Here are the links to three of my prior posts in which I posted Thanksgiving prayers. I am posting tonight to give everyone a chance to print out before the holiday. In future years, I hope to post a few more historic Thanksgiving day services from earlier in the century.
Rabbi Joseph Lookstein’s Thanksgiving prayer was exceptionally universal and was picked up from my blog by several widely read online sites as a wonderful universal prayer- ideal for Thanksgiving reading. Here is a pdf of just the service.Thanksgiving Service at KJ 1940
Here is the 1945 Minhat Todah- Service for Thanksgiving Day, Congregation Shearith Israel, NY by Rabbi David de Sola Pool. A version of this service is still done at the synagogue. (If anyone wants to send me a pdf of the current version, I would appreciate it.) Thanksgiving Service- 1945 Rabbi de Sola Pool (pdf of service)
There was a special convocation in 1905 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the settlement of Jews in the United States. It was held the Sabbath before Thanksgiving and the prayer was written by Rev H. Pereira Mendes of the Spanish- Portuguese synagogue of NY.
Elsewhere on the Web
1789 Sermon Gershom Mendes Seixas
To jump forward to contemporary prayers. Here are two contemporary prayers.
A Thanksgiving Prayer by Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva in Los Angeles via RitualWell
A Prayer for Thanksgiving by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi via Opensiddur.org
Here are two sermons 50 years apart.
THANKSGIVING SHABBAT 2011 by Rabbi Edward Feinstein Valley Beth Shalom with a Thanksgiving prayer or as she calls it, a kavannah, by Ina J. Hughes