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A good deal of ink has been spilled in the past century regarding the permissibility and appropriateness of American Jews celebrating Thanksgiving.

For the most part, Ashkenazim are split, with some big name 20th Century rabbis giving it the OK, and in some cases celebrating it themselves, while some still tend to just pretend it doesn't exist (although not with the same negativity generally directed at certain other non-Jewish holidays).

What about Sepharadim? I know that the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community in the U.S. has a strong tradition to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving, dating back to the founding of the nation. But what about everyone else? Is there affirmation that Thanksgiving is a worthy holiday to observe? Is there opposition to it? Is there a more neutral response? Is there some mixture of the above like there is among Ashkenazim?

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I suppose you'd have to ask the biggest-name Sephardic decisors in the US. – Shalom Nov 21 '13 at 16:34
Come to think of it, the Syrian community in Brooklyn has been here for quite some time now, and has some very firmly-entrenched official positions. I wonder what they do? – Shalom Nov 21 '13 at 21:10
As a Syrian Jew, I can tell you that some have turkey and others ignore the day completely. I don't know of any Rabbinical opinions on the matter, though, – Code Slinger Nov 22 '13 at 0:38
Rabbi Marc Angel supports the celebration of Thanksgiving: jewishideas.org/angel-shabbat/thoughts-thanksgiving – Shivaram Lingamneni Nov 25 '13 at 7:32
@Shivaram, that's already mentioned in the question. – Seth J Nov 25 '13 at 16:16

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