Three tips for your Thanksgiving dinner

Thursday, 24 November, 2022 - 9:00 am

As we gather together on Thanksgiving there is always noise.

An important thing we should think about is the impact of what we say. There are always stories, gossip, politics etc. that can ruin a good experience. Our job is to be very careful not to share these types of stories even when they are true.

We see this in this week's Torah portion. It tells us "It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see". Isaac at the time was only middle aged (for that time) and remained blind for the last third of his life. The commentaries say one of the reasons that G-d made Isaac blind was in order for Jacob to receive the blessings. G-d could have told Isaac the truth about Esau, that he serves idols and is inappropriate. But instead, G-d wanted us to remember that it is worth it for Isaac to be blind so long as we do not slander Esau, despite the fact that he was not a good person.

So, the first thing to discuss on Thanksgiving:

Talk - How we can talk nicely about others. Perhaps try this story "A pillow full of feathers"

Share - Tell a Torah thought - you can find one here

Thank - Don't forget to make blessings on the kosher food. There is always some kosher food at the meal. Make a blessing on those foods even if at the moment you aren't yet fully kosher here is a link to the blessing.

I am thankful for you!

Have a good Shabbos and join us for a baby naming and yummy dairy kiddush in shul

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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