Interesting trivia I learned from a Hebraic Roots Network email. Quote follows:
A Little Hebraic Thanksgiving Trivia
Here’s a little Hebraic trivia to send you into Thanksgiving. Did you know that in the Hebrew language most words have multiple meanings? There is less vocabulary in Hebrew than in English, therefore each word has to work a little harder. For instance the Hebrew word, hodu, means to “give thanks.” However, it also means, “turkey.”
William Bradford, the leader of the Puritans who helped settle New England in the 17th century, was a strong advocate of the Hebrew language. Some suggest that he proposed a vote on adopting Hebrew as the official language of the new colony. The facts are a little sketchy on the vote, but there was enough Hebrew influence at the founding of this country, that some Hebrew later ended up on the seals of several Ivy League colleges.
Maybe, just maybe, the connection to the Hebrew language is why turkey is the traditional meat at Thanksgiving. After all, it could have easily been venison. But, the same word for turkey means to give thanks. And now you know the rest of the story.
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We give thanks to the God of Israel for you! Hodu l’Adonai ki tov.
Have a totally blessed Thanksgiving,
Your HRN Team