A friend of mine told me about a Conservative rabbi from JTS who recommended that American Jews not say Tachanun on Thanksgiving. Who was this rabbi, and is there a link to the text of this opinion so we can understand his reasoning? Additionally, are there any Orthodox rabbis that hold by a similar opinion?

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    I haven't tracked this down, but have at it -- theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/272941/… comment 10, "Shearith Israel, the original synagogue in New York, celebrated the 1789 Thanksgiving Day described in the article with a special service including some of the Hallel tehillim and no Tachanun. It still follows this nusach for Thanksgiving to this day."
    – rosends
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 0:49
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    Related "Here is the 1945 Minhat Todah- Service for Thanksgiving Day, Congregation Shearith Israel, NY by Rabbi David de Sola Pool." kavvanah.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/…
    – JJLL
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 2:15
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    @Danno, to be perfectly honest, I'd forgotten whether they skipped Tahanun. Even though they recite some Perakim of Hallel, that is done toward the end. I was unsure how far they take the concept. I emailed them this week, and this is the reply I received: "We say no tahanun on Thanksgiving. Tahanun would be inconsistent with the spirit of Hallel and hodaah and with our actually adopting the day as a kind of holiday."
    – Seth J
    Commented Nov 12, 2015 at 16:16
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    I believe most of us skipped it this year! Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 20:18
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    @JoshK And we even said Hallel! #PTIJ - reminds me of that question about St. Patrick’s Day falling out on Moshe Rabbeinu’s yahrtzeit.
    – DonielF
    Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 22:20

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The Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue (Cong. Shearith Israel) omits "tahanunim" and recites special psalms. The current rabbi is Meir Soloveichik. Source.

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