Michael Medved


A wonderful new book about the Mayflower Pilgrims suggests the beaver should join the turkey as a Thanksgiving symbol. The Pilgrims depended heavily on beaver pelts to send back home to make stylish hats, since their goal was making money, not just survival. 

 

Making Haste from Babylon” by Englishman Nick Bunker is the first major history of the Plymouth settlement in a generation, and portrays the Pilgrims as industrious entrepreneurs, not just religious dreamers. They saw no contradiction between striving to prosper and serving God, and saw the two goals as necessarily connected. Bunker suggests the real first Thanksgiving occurred almost a year before the famous feast with the Indians, when the Pilgrims, well-schooled in Hebrew and Old Testament traditions,  re-enacted the ancient Jewish rite Birkat HaGomel—a blessing for deliverance still performed by Orthodox Jews today.

Wishing you the richest blessings this Thanksgiving,

Michael Medved

Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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