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Thanksgiving Day Prayer, by Rabbi Max Klein (1954)

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Prayer to be recited on Thanksgiving Day or on the Sabbath nearest thereto
(May be read by several members of the Congregation)

I

In these days of Thanksgiving,
God and Father,
we unite with our countrymen
to express our homage to thee,
Creator of the universe
and Arbiter of the destiny of nations.

We thank thee for the riches of nature
stored away in the depths of the earth
and for the bounties of the field
with which thou hast blessed our land.

Grant that we, in thankfulness,
may feel impelled to share with others
at home and abroad
the blessings we have so abundantly received from thee.
May humility
in the midst of our blessings
lead us ever to recognize in thee
the Giver of our blessings.
Amen.

II

We thank thee today also for the blessings in the realm of the spirit.
May we foster the values of kindness and love,
of devotion to Torah and Worship.
Grant us, in the midst of our material blessings,
the realization that “not by bread alone does man live
but by everything that comes from thee.”

We pray thee, therefore,
to bless our synagogues and all houses of worship,
our schools and all our institutions devoted to humanitarian service.
May we give to them,
of our material and spiritual support,
with such love and understanding,
that our spiritual roots in this land
may bring forth fruits worthy of thy divine blessing.
Amen.

III

And we thank thee for the laws of our country
and for the humane spirit which guided the Founders of our Government.
We pray that we may show our thankfulness for the laws and institutions of our land
through our loyalty to the justice and humanity they seek to achieve.

We pray that those who make our laws
and those who administer them
may ever think and act in the desire to honor the memory of the Founders
and to hallow thy name through their thoughts and deeds in our day.

May we all be inspired
to keep the name of America free from stain
and to make it shine with a glorious light
as the hope for the down-trodden
to the uttermost ends of the earth.
Amen.

IV

Bless, we pray thee,
the President of our country and his counselors
and all to whom the government of our land has been entrusted.
Bless them with well-being,
with moral courage
and with the insight
to guide our land
along the paths of justice,
humanity,
and peace
to the end that liberty
and happiness
may dwell among us at home
and through our use of thy blessings
lead to greater peace
in all the world.
Amen.

V

Congregation
 
For all our blessings, from thee,
both in the realm of nature
and in the realm of the spirit
we say with the Psalmist:
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
Yea, his kindness is ever-enduring.”
Amen.

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