Grace After Meals

There is a Jewish tradition for saying Grace After Meals. It stems from the verse,

“When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.” Deut. 8:10

My husband says that the sages teach, anyone can bless God when they are hungry, but it is a true Mitzvah to return to Him and bless Him when you are full.

Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

I think the lesson we are always teaching the young children is to be thankful after that fact. So to put our actions into play we started reciting the Grace After Meals when we all sit down and eat together. This Blessing is very long and the children would simply endure it. I knew that there is a way to sing the Blessing so I invested in First Fruits of Zion’s, Grace After Meals – CD and Bencher. Now the children have learned the song of ascents, the blessing of the household and the final verse. And it has only been a week. I love singing with all of them at the end of the meal and they don’t have to be told to sit still for it. I think this has added a great new level to our understanding the Torah in our lives.


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