November 25, 2010, - 3:08 pm

Leading Rabbi Praises Thanksgiving, US Founding Fathers (Remember Mumbai Massacre)

By Debbie Schlussel

Two years ago, on Thanksgiving, followers of the Chabad Lubavitch movement in Mumbai, India were murdered in cold blood by Islamic terrorists.  They were murdered because they were Jews.  I pause on this Thanksgiving day to remember them.  And in their honor I post excerpts of a video I’ve posted before from a 1986 speech by their late leader, the Lubavitcher Rebbe a/k/a Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, Zichrono LiVrachah [of Blessed Memory] about Thanksgiving and the G-d-fearing faith of America’s Founding Fathers.  The Rabbi was a special and very revered man in Judaism.  Every Thanksgiving, he and his followers hosted Thanksgiving dinners in major American cities for the poor and the sick.  Almost all of those hosted at these dinners, which continue to date, are not Jews, but gentiles who enjoy a kosher Thanksgiving meal, with turkey and all the fixings.  Judaism is not a proselytizing religion, and the purpose of these meals is solely to help those less fortunate, something the Chabad Lubavitch movement does every day.


The Late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem M. Schneerson, of Blessed Memory, Praised Thanksgiving

The Lubavitch Chassidic movement in Judaism is a leading force in American Jewry and Judaism around the world.  After most other American Jews intermarry out of the faith, Chabad Lubavitch adherents will comprise the majority of those who remain (along with other Orthodox Jews who are not Chassidic Jews). As I’ve noted previously today, in contrast to the Mumbai Islamic terrorists and their fellow co-religionists in places like Dearbornistan (where today is not Thanksgiving, but just another day to hate America from within), we American Jews love Thanksgiving. Rabbi Schneerson loved Thanksgiving and celebrated it with his movement. I repeat the key part of it here:

The foundation of this nation was laid by the Founding Fathers, who after coming to this country proclaimed a holiday of Thanksgiving to G-d, Creator and Director of the world, for having saved them and bringing them to a secure land where they could live free of oppression and decrees–to live as they see fit, beginning from practicing their faith in G-d as Creator and Director of the world, in their own times, in their own lives, and their own rescues. They even established it as a law that every year on that day, it must be remembered again, to thank G-d from the depths of our hearts, for having shown them His kindness openly.

It has been established even for non-believers–who in their hearts believe as well, but for whatever reason, boast that they do not believe, or they believe that G-d is far away, somewhere in the Seventh Heaven. But even they know that when a matter affects them seriously, they pray to the Superbeing, to G-d, for help. And certainly, they participate in the Thanksgiving celebration for the founding of this nation by the first gentiles who arrived here.

. . . [A]lthough there were Jews among them, the majority, who established Thanksgiving, were non-Jews. This faith has been celebrated from generation to generation, including our own generation. . . .

[T]he Founders began their life in this country by thanking G-d. . . . This is the foundation of this country, to save the righteous from the hands of evil.

(You can watch the whole video here.  It is in Yiddish with English subtitles.)

AMEN.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Americans.

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19 Responses

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. We’re having dinner and our house, so I won’t be at the fast food restaurant when Angelina Jolie drvies through, refusing to celebrate Thanksgiving because of her stupid, stupid logic.

gmartinz on November 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Hanukkah will come next week. I don’t think this year the particular relationship of the American and the Jewish holiday is an accident. Nothing in this world happens by chance or mere coincidence. We’re taught that thanking G-d and freedom are both sides of the same coin. Neither can exist without the other and since Thanksgiving was inspired by Sukkot, the theme of both festivals is the same: we are here on earth as G-d’s guests and He is our only true shelter and it is only with His help that we will overcome our trials and remain steadfast in the face of the wickedness of this world.

NormanF on November 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the attack on Nariman House in Mumbai, India. Gabriel and Rivkah Holtzberg were assaulted, tortured and brutally murdered by Islamic terrorists. They died as martyrs for their faith and with the love of G-d (may their blood be avenged) on their lips. He saved their son Moshe. We will never forget the evil done there and will also never forget that G-d saw and hid their child. May he grow up to lead the Jewish people to better days and may the pestilence of the new Nazism of our generation speedily pass out of this world.


NormanF on November 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Be thankful for this hero who fight to death with honor and dignity.

May their blood be avenged? Well, every blood will be avenged, it’s the law of karma. But now, it’s not about revenge, an eye for an eye, just no any more poke to the eye, and if there is, promise them an eye for total nuclear destruction. It’s been too long waiting for Mecca and Medina getting Hiroshima lesson. Remember that in your next seven or whatever days war. Just wipe them off, totally.

Ethan on November 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Let’s not forget the Rebbe’s urging that for America to continue to be a great nation, it needed to develop it’s own energy resources, not being dependent on other countries for them. THIS WAS IN ….1981. Pretty good foresight, huh?
There are videos available of those speeches.

Not Ovenready on November 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Debbie… I personally feel very differently about the Lubavitch Hassidic Movement (Chabad). The fact is that they have turned their back on Judaism as we know and experience it, and have gone the way of Shabtai Tzvi and the golden calf of false prophets. By declaring the Rabbi to be the Israel’s messiah – the one true messiah (Melech Ha’Moshiach) – they are no longer one with the very essence of Judaism. Their good deeds don’t make them better Jews – or Jews at all.

Arn on November 26, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Not all Lubavitchers have become “meshichists”… the ones who are clearly are lost and confused.

    Doda McCheesle on November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Debbie, I hope your Thanksgiving was just as you hoped it to be. Thanks for this beautiful blog. I am not Lubavitch, but even as a child I was taught to revere the Rebbe. He was a most remarkable human being.

Naomi Romm on November 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

This posting is about thankfulness and appreciation. In your diatribe you have thrown the baby out with the bath water by exaggerating the significance of the messiah within the Lubavitch community.

elvis on November 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

    My previous comment was intended to be a reply to Arn.

    elvis on November 26, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Look my friend… a Jew waits for the messiah. A Jew prays daily for the coming of the messiah and the wonders that he will deliver. The essence of Judaism is a yearning that has no end. The Lubavitcher say that Melech Hamoshiach has already arrived… that he was living among us. Never mind that he lived his Jerusalem in Brooklyn, if they are waiting for anything it is for the Rebbe to rise from the dead. And, hey… we’ve been through one resurrection already. Wasn’t that enough?

    Arn on November 26, 2010 at 10:19 am

Arn, yes, I attended Chabad for quite a while. However, my particular yearning finds me following the tree of life of Kabbalah which is not a religion, but the code given to Moses at Mt Sinai for all people to experience the getting and giving of the creator’s constant joy. Unfortunately, man’s temporal understanding of this message has resulted in dogma which has fractionated the message via many competing religions. The instruction from Isaiah, “Do not do to others what is hateful to thyself” was paraphrased by Jesus as, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto thyself.” This is the distilled intent of Kabbalah. Despite that I appreciate you and your feelings, my critique of your original comment still stands as I feel that discussion of messianic redemption is better left for another topic since Thanksgiving is a time that unites us.
Baruch Ha’shem!

elvis on November 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

What’s also hokum is the alleged Muslim prohibition on depicting images. Anything to get back at the infidels.


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NormanF on November 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

“the purpose of these meals is solely to help those less fortunate”

See, this is where your Jewish Supremacist ways get things wrong, we Christians also do good solely to help those less fortunate. And just as you Jews are obvious that you are Jews when doing good, same for us Christians, it is known (in both cases) who is doing the helping. Don’t try and lie about this. You are implying that somehow Christians are being sneaky when we are not.

Gregory on December 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

Gregory, you are a fool.

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