Thanksgiving this year falls out on Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month of Kislev. Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun Magazine sent a lengthy piece on How to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Integrity. Feel free to Google the piece in its entirely. Below are a couple paragraphs of a prayer he composed that we may consider offering on Thursday. It’s followed by another prayer for the new month.
“Today we give thanks to this incredible universe for all the beauty, the goodness and the miracles that surround us every day and to which we have given too little conscious attention. And we celebrate the ability to be with friends, neighbors, family or others on this holy day of joyful appreciation of all the good in our lives.
Our beautiful and life-sustaining planet is in danger, so on this Thanksgiving we recommit ourselves to taking all steps necessary to reverse the processes that threaten the life-support systems of the planet, and to preserve the rich diversity of life forms and of beauty that we experience daily on planet earth. We are part of the unity of all being, a manifestation of the loving energy of the universe that brought together our parents to bring us into life. While we are alive, we recommit ourselves to making every day a mini thanksgiving in which we take time to celebrate the grandeur and mystery of being itself.
This is the right moment, then, for us to also put forward our prayers or intentions for a world of peace, justice and environmental concern.”
An interpretive traditional prayer for the New Month:
“May the month of Kislev be a month of blessings: blessings of goodness, blessings of joy, peace and kindness, friendship and love, creativity, strength, serenity, fulfilling work, and dignity, satisfaction, success, and sustenance, physical health, and radiance. May truth and justice guide our acts and compassion temper our lives that we may blossom as we age and become our fullest selves.
May it be so.”A Happy Thanksgiving and Khodesh Tov, Reb David