Two children in Brooklyn were
discussing Thanksgiving Day. One
asked the other. "Is Thanksgiving
one day or two:"'
The older one replied, "Well.
orthodox Jews keep two days. the
Reform only one."
Actually, the first Thanksgiving
Day. according to the historians,
Nl a< more like' the Orthodox. It
‘i i•elebrated for three days. If
the Pilgrims had been real Ortho
dos. they would probably have
made it eight (lays like Sukkot or
Festival of Tabernacles. There is a
legend that Thanksgiving w a s
inodeled after the' Sukkot festival.
But the Pilgrims were conserva-
tke. so they compromised and
made it not eight and not one. but
Everyone. of course, has a
warm snot fur the Pilgrim fathers.
especially must have one for
the passengers who came on the
M ay flower.
Nloyflower brought the
first shadhan to America -- John
Alden. Longfellow told us how
ThIcs Standish asked John Alden
he his shadhan with lovely
Priscilla. So John Alden went h.
see Priscilla. Priscilla at first
thought Alden came to collect for
the yeshiva. Then John Alden told
Fier he had a nice match for her,
the brave Miles Standish. Priscilla
"Why don't you speak for
And when John Alden came
back and told abOut it. Standish
. said. "I should have known bet-
ter" and he quoted the famous
Yiddish saying "Man shikt nit die
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
12-Friday, November 28, 1969
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright 1969, JTA, toe.)
A distinction that does not fur- I Too many moralists begin with
It was a very good point and we ther understanding is no distinc- a dislike of reality: a dislike of
think more headway could be tion-Goethe.
men as they are.-Clarence Day.
made in the current movement
against tobacco if the idea was
emphasized. Think of a commer-
cial like the following:
I USED TO SMOKE THREE
I GAVE IT UP AND NOW CAN
READ A HEBREW NEWSPAPER
Who wouldn't be influenced? It
is the substitution of a positive
incentive against that of a nega-
tive one. Of course, health is very
important, even of paramount im-
portance, but people are psycho-
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logically more moved by sonic
hope of added gain rather than
by fear of a loss.
Coming hack ti the Hebraic in-
fluence, even the simple story of
The first was Increase Mather.
the life of Moses played a part in
The name Increase is probably an
the life of the early settler. For
English rendering of the Hebrew instance when Cotton Mather was
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name. Joseph, which means in-
growing up. his hopes of becoming
crease. When Increase Mather
a minister like his father seemed
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married and his family was in-
threatened by a speech defect.
creased by the addition of a junior
But he read in the Bible that
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Mather, he called his son Cotton
Moses stammered. Moses over-
Mather. Cotton is Hebrew for
came his speech defect. so Mather
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was inspired to do likewise.
Cotton Mather like his father,
It all points up to this: Thanks-
studied Hebrew and was one of
giving is a time not only for pump-
the most zealous in urging its
kin pie but for studying Hebrew!
study on others. In his day, more
and more people were beginnin,
to smoke tobacco. and Cotton
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katz nosh die smetene." (You ,
don't send the cat after the
Well, anyway, if the Mayflower
passengers didn't speak Yiddish,
we do know for a fact that at least
two of them were Hebrew schol-
ars. John Bradford, the governor
of Plymouth, and William Brews-
Bradford was frequently alluded
to as the Moses of the colony.
Moses was highly revered by these
first American settlers. The law
of the colony was spoken of ti-
the "Moses judicials" and these
first American halutzim liked to
give their children Hebrew names.
A good illustration of the Hebraic
influence was the Mather famil y .
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