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In Seder Avodas Yisrael by the ריביא''ד (R' Seligman Baer) זכר צדיק לברכה, there is a big Yotzros Section. For a quite a lot of the days with Yotzros, it includes a piyut in the third Brachah (Ahavah), examples include the six Shabbosos after Pesach, the Shabbos after Shavuos, Shabbos VaYeira, Shlach-Lecha, Chukas, Nachamu and Eikeiv.
One says Al Hanissim all 8 days of Channukah (ShA OC 682:1). One who does not live in a city walled from the days of Joshua or in Shushan says Al Hanissim on the 14th of Adar (ShA OC 693:2). One who lives in a walled city from the days of Joshua or in Shushan says Al Hanissim on the 15th of Adar, even if it falls on Shabbat when the Megillah is read on ...
This all strikes me just as a matter of taste more than law, but nonetheless here's my two cents: Many rabbis feel that having a celebratory meal on Thanksgiving has nothing to do with anything pagan and is permissible, or even obvious. (Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveichik was noted as moving his lecture earlier on Thanksgiving morning so he could catch the plane ...
Yom Kippur is a different question, but the others (as heard from my rosh yeshiva) all have the Torah reading that discusses what we're expected to give as sacrifices, "in accordance with what G-d grants you." (Deut. 16:17). Thus a good time to think about charity pledges. And part of Yizkor is about being in the merit of the charity we give.
Ramban gives the date of today's fixed calendar at about 386 CE. Before that point, the Jews in Israel received a messenger informing them of the proper date of yomtov, and thus kept one day. The Jews outside of Israel did not get a messenger in time and thus kept two days to play it safe. Around 386, when the calendar was fixed, the policy became to keep ...
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