The Art Of Making Conversation

Or, a simple plan to avoid the dreaded discussions about colleges this Thanksgiving.


Editor's Note: Fresh Ink For Teens is a community and website whose content is written exclusively by high school students. Topics cover everything relevant to a teen’s life, through a Jewish lens.

As a senior in high school, I’m on the last lap of my college application race. Most of my applications are submitted; I’ve finished begging my teachers for recommendations and bombarding advisors with questions (Where exactly on the application did they put the send button? was my favorite email request).

"How 'bout them Mets?" is one way to distract your well-meaning relatives from asking about college. CC image courtesy of Flickr

Thanksgiving Message Of `Religious Liberty’ Especially Timely


Though the origins of Thanksgiving stretch back perhaps even to the biblical Feast of Tabernacles, it was on October 3, 1789, here in New York, that George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national observance with these words:

What Are YOU Thankful For? Part 3

Editor's Note: In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our "New Normal" contributors to reflect on the intersection of gratitude and disability. We'd love to hear what you are thankful for in the comments below! Read parts one and two here.

Like most people of all faiths, I am grateful for family. Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday includes traditions involving family, food and celebration.  I am thankful for the people with disabilities and, in many cases, their families who have taught me a lot about that word family and about how struggles to improve society and to improve their local communities have results in that almost mythical tide that raises all boats. 

Steven Eidelman

What Are YOU Thankful For? Part 2

Editor's Note: In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our "New Normal" contributors to reflect on the intersection of gratitude and disability. We'd love to hear what you are thankful for in the comments below! Read part one here.

When raising a child who has autism, a sleep disorder, and all of the other diagnoses that come as a result, I often hear, "I don't know how you do it." The simplest answer is that we all do what we need to do. This is our life; it is the only life we know. And even though it is extremely challenging at times, we love our son unconditionally and we do what we need to do to give him what he needs.

The Steinhart Family. Courtesy of Meir Pliskin Photography

Leftover Turkey: What To Do?

Get out there and vote -- for one of eight bloggers' recipes.

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Turkey. Those who love it gorge on Thanksgiving and then grow weary as the big bird’s leftovers linger on.

 Yosef Silver, blogger, and his wife Daniella create his recipe for the contest: a stuffed latke. Photo courtesy Yosef Silver.

Thanksgiving And Chanukah: Two Distinct Holidays


As someone who loves to eat and is proud to be an American, I would never be the Grinch who stole Thanksgiving. But I confess. I have not been swept up in the whirlwind excitement over Thanksgivukkah. The last time Chanukah occurred around this season was 1861, but President Lincoln only declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1863.

Boston Mayor Menino Proclaims 'Thanksgivukkah Day'

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The once-in-a-lifetime confluence on Thanksgiving and Chanukah next month is getting to be a big deal – at least in Boston.

How To Make Nov. 27 A Special Day


There was a time, not that long age, when Thanksgiving opened the season of giving. Now it opens up the season of buying. Black Friday and Cyber Monday now define this time of the year. It is of course wonderful to give and receive gifts to and from friends and relatives. We should be happy as Americans to see consumerism strong in a time where our economy is so challenged. Nonetheless, something is being lost in the shuffle.

Thanksgiving Thursday, Then #GivingTuesday

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Sol Adler, executive director of the 92nd Street Y, got special delight out of paying some bills on the Chase Bank website on Sunday — before logging off, he noticed an announcement for “Giving Tuesday,” a national program under the Y’s auspices that will start next week.

Sol Adler: Project part of Y’s tikkun olam mandate.

Counting Our Blessings, Caring For Others


Some people joke that Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday, is also the ideal Jewish festival. After all, it’s about family, food, time off from work, and without those many hours in the synagogue.

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