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Thank Goodness for the Basics

Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/thank_goodness_for_the_basics_20000818

Dr. Norman Lamm, the president of New York's Yeshiva University, once told me of a professor he knows in Israel who does not consider himself an observant Jew but who insists that his children maintain one halachic practice at home: "Birkat HaMazon" (the grace after meals). Lamm explained this peculiarity as the professor's belief that the Torah's commandment that we should give thanks for our food is an ethic that every child should be taught, so that at every meal they will never forget to appreciate the food on the table.

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