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  • #606385

    choleh
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    Unscientific poll… Are you having Turkey for supper tonight? Is is a proper Thanksgiving Dinner or what?

    #1195724

    iced
    Member

    Machlokes Haposkim whether it is assur. But if you’re stam eating turkey (because you happened to get a good sale price on it, for example) and it is only coincidental that it is Thanksgiving but you are not celebrating it, it should be okay to eat.

    #1195725

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Not really because it always winds up that I eat turkey for the next week. there is only so much turkey I can eat.

    I do love Pumpkin pie though, Its one of my favorites

    #1195726

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    No, but not out of any belief that doing so is forbidden.

    The Wolf

    #1195727

    I pardoned my turkey

    #1195728

    shnitzy
    Member

    classic wolf post

    #1195729

    kfb
    Participant

    I’ve celebrated thanksgiving every year of my life. I’m not really sure why Americans wouldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. We’re thanking G-d for giving us freedom in America. I know we thank Him everyday, but today our country becomes one and thanks Him. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    #1195730

    WIY
    Member

    I give thanks to Hashem after every dinner I eat, as well as after breakfast and lunch and any snacks or drinks I have throughout the day!

    #1195731

    oomis
    Participant

    Absolutely. And I made gravy for the turkey from the pan drippings mixed with a little cooking sherry and potato starch, and also made pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges, cloves and cinnamon, a pot of brown and wild rice, bread stuffing, pareve scalloped potatoes, a fresh fruit platter, and corn kugel.

    Except for Purim, this is the only meal that everyone is off and able to drive over and more importantly…leave at the end of the meal, LOL. I had 15 people for dinner, two were an older married couple who are on their own and who would have dined alone. I invite them to my sedarim also and most yomim tovim for at least one meal.

    There is no reason not to have a nice dinner today, and no reason to not make it a turkey meal (healthy and loads of tryptophan). We should be thankful to live in a time and place where people do not prevent us from being a frum Yid.I might not actually

    “celebrate” turkey day, but I certainly do enjoy spending it with family and friends.

    #1195733

    uneeq
    Member

    I am very thankful that the Europeans murdered and pillaged the Native Americans, while in return we were taught the traditions and specialties of the new land.

    #1195734

    tzaddiq
    Member

    Jewish Thanksgiving Day is on the 25th of the month (Kisleiv, that is), and it lasts for 8 days, celebrated with potato latkes and doughnuts….mmmmmmmmmmmmm

    – btw, regarding your poll, no turkey for us. even though i live in canada, and thanksgiving in canada was in october, my american relatives are here for the weekend and were happy with a nice canadian dinner.

    #1195736

    kollel_wife
    Participant

    I heard a shiur last night while in the car, 107.9 – I think it was Rabbi Frand.

    He was discussing the halachic implications of Thanksgiving. But what was interesting to me was the history of the day, which he expounded upon.

    If 1662 (?approx, I don’t recall), the Pilgrims celebrated in JULY their thanks at suviving a difficult winter. Nothing happened after that until 1782(again approx, I don’t recall) a NJ congressman or similar, suggested a holiday for thanks for this country etc. Again it was unused until during or after the Civil War (1860’s?) when Lincoln established it as thanks for this country and our freedoms etc.

    Rabbi Frand, if that’s who it was, went on to say he didn’t know how the current holiday linked up back to the Pilgrim’s story, but eventually it got all mixed together.

    #1195737

    simcha613
    Participant

    According to some turkey is assur year round. I think we paskin that we do not rely on simanim for the kashrus of birds, but rather we rely on Mesorah. Since turkey is not native to Europe, there was never a Mesorah for the kashrus of turkey. I guess this is similar to why many people don’t wear techeiles.

    #1195738

    2scents
    Participant

    What does turkey and thanking have in common?

    #1195739

    twisted
    Participant

    And there is also the spectacular contortion of Ashkenaz mesorah that allows one to eat such a bird.

    #1195740

    WIY
    Member

    Tzaddiq

    I guess the menorah is just a side show to the more important element of ess and fress.

    #1195741

    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    I had a kezayis of turkey and said l’shem yichud over a can of cranberries.

    #1195742

    WIY
    Member

    Itche

    I hope u made a hoadama on the cranberries.

    #1195743

    oomis
    Participant

    Correct me if I am mistaken, but is there not an inyan that we also rely on the intrinsic behavior of the birds, i.e. their manner of walking and or flying (if they actually do fly), and what they eat, to determine if they are kosher? Also, the flying creatures that are not kosher were listed by name in the Torah. Has a turkey ever been identified as one of those names?????

    #1195744

    DaMoshe
    Participant

    I did not eat turkey, but that is just because I don’t like the taste. The rest of my family had turkey, along with our guests.

    I explained to my kids that while we thank Hashem for everything every day by davening, making brachos, etc., the USA designated this day to thank G-d for the freedoms we have. My grandparents truly appreciate what so many of us take for granted – the right to practice our religion without being persecuted for it. Therefore, out of hakaras hatov to Hashem for giving us the USA, we celebrate Thanksgiving. (On July 4th we celebrate out of hakaras hatov to the USA itself.)

    #1195745

    popa_bar_abba
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    oomis: It’s a bit of a mystery why we eat turkeys, since we stopped relying on the simanim several hundred years ago, and now require mesorah on it.

    The best answer I’ve seen is that turkeys just beat the clock and we found them and started eating them right before we decided to only use mesorah, and so therefore they had a mesorah from that time.

    #1195746

    Uneeq: That made me laugh out loud.

    #1195748

    I don’t want to start a new thread for this so I’m posting here.

    Does anybody know which tape has Rabbi Avigdor Miller tz”l’s view on Thanksgiving? If anybody can give me the number of the tape it would be appreciated.

    #1195749

    lightbrite
    Participant

    Are they talking about cassette tapes? Video tapes? Like VHS?

    #1195750


    Participant

    Does anybody know which tape has Rabbi Avigdor Miller tz”l’s view on Thanksgiving?

    I’m not sure if you’re still looking but it is on tape #529. I think it’s in the Q&A section, not the main speech.

    #1195751

    lightbrite
    Participant

    Thanks -!

    So cool you can dl it 🙂

    “Rabbi Avigdor Miller: 529. Mitzvah of Happiness”

    #1195752

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
    Participant

    I had turkey last night. Not l’shem thanksgiving but l’shem joining my family who were eating it l’shem thanksgiving.

    Also l’shem the fact that it was yum!

    Qualification: I am not trying to say that I am opposed to someone celebrating Thanksgiving if that is how their Rabbanim posken.

    #1195753

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
    Participant

    PBA: “The best answer I’ve seen is that turkeys just beat the clock and we found them and started eating them right before we decided to only use mesorah, and so therefore they had a mesorah from that time.”

    PBA, I totally thought you were joking, but I just saw an article on YWN main site that says that!

    I guess you were being serious.

    #1195754

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    The Agudah used to have their yearly convention on Thanksgiving weekend and served Turkey at the convention

    #1195755

    huju
    Participant

    Re comment by iced: So to be kosher, a turkey must be bargain-priced? LOL. I am sure you are not anti-Semitic, but I am sure your comment is.

    #1195756

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I’m having turkey tonight. I cooked and carved it. And made turkey soup from the bones

    #1195757

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    The Agudah used to have their yearly convention on Thanksgiving weekend and served Turkey at the convention

    Mitchila ovdei avoda Zara hayu avoseinu

    #1195758

    mw13
    Participant

    Turkey Dinner Tonight?

    Mitchilah cheap Shoppers hayu avoseinu

    #1195759

    Avi K
    Participant

    There are three opinions on Thanksgiving. Rav Hutner says that it is avoda zara, Rav Soloveichik celebrated it himself and Rav Moshe says that it is a foolishness but not prohibited. Eating turkey (in general) is another machloket.

    #1195760

    searchin345
    Participant

    Turkey in Hebrew is Hodu.

    #1195761

    lightbrite
    Participant

    After Thanksgiving some people go cold turkey.

    That’s halachically permissible right?

    #1195762

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    Tonight (Sunday)we’ll be having turkey dinner in the CTL house as we do approximately 50 Sundays each year. In fact last night I went to one of the area general population supermarkets who had advertised a clearance on all frozen turkeys @ 79 cents per pound and bought every (22) Empire they had in stock. I filled 3 freezers in our garage with just over 400 pounds of frozen turkey.

    I’ve been shopping this way for about 20 years. The store is part of a major chain that has many locations in Jewish areas. Therefore they stock all branches with Empire to cover their holiday advts. The small town 15 minutes from home has almost no Jews, the meat manager told me that the only customers buying kosher turkeys do so because they think they are pre-brined. Poor planning on the part of the chain, bargains for me

    #1195763

    lightbrite
    Participant

    It’s Monday and we still have cold kosher turkey yay!

    #1195764

    kapusta
    Participant

    CTL, can I ask how Mrs. CTL is doing?

    #1195765

    CTLAWYER
    Participant

    Kapusta…

    Thank you for your kind inquiry.

    The best I can say is fair. She is currently recovering from her 11th surgery of 2016, done last Friday. It was not a complete success. It is only with complete emunah in Hashem that we manage to go on with our daily activities.

    The CR serves for me as both a diversion and online support system. Mrs. CTL is a very private person and I cannot discuss in person her condition with friends and most relatives.

    She is in our tefilos

    #1195766

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
    Participant

    “She is in our tefilos”

    Ditto. Refuah Shelaima b’karov!

    #1195767

    kapusta
    Participant

    May she have a refuah shelaima quickly and easily.

    #1195768

    golfer
    Participant

    Wishing Mrs CTL a Refuah Shleima b’karov.

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