Rivka's First Thanksgiving
More than anything, Rivka wants to celebrate Thanksgiving. She has learned all about the holiday in school and knows her family has a lot to be thankful for in America. But Rivka's parents are Jewish immigrants from Poland, and they wonder what Pilgrims and Indians have to do with them. Is Thanksgiving really a holiday for Jews?
Rivka's grandmother, Bubbeh, decides to ta...more
What she learns in school and shares with her family is that it is a big, ha...more
"Rivka's First Thanksgiving" by Elsa Okon Rael tells the story a a young daughter of Jewish immigrants who learns about Thanksgiving in school and tries to convince her family to celebrate. In order for that to happen, they must consult with their rabbi. Eventually, Rivka prevails.
The basic message of this story, that different cultures can find common ground, is a good one. However, Thanksgiving remains a controversial holiday because, to many, it seems like an attempt to re-write...more