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  • Writer's pictureRabbi David Paskin

Praise, Petition, Thanksgiving


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From Rabbi David

When I was a kid I learned early on the key to success when it came to getting something from my parents. Start with praise, "dad - you look great today. Have you been working out?" Or, "mom - I love you so much. You're the best mom." Next - ask politely for what you want and then, even if the answer is "no" - always say thank you (because there will be a next time.)

This simple equation has served children for generations. But it's not just for kids. In the prayerbook we find this same process for talking to God. We begin by praising God, then petition for what we want and finally - and always - offer thanks for what we have.

It's this last part that can be challenging. In a world in which Amazon orders arrive within a day and Instacart within a couple of hours - we too often take for granted how lucky we are and how thankful we should be. Gratitude is particularly hard when it comes to those blessings that come from God - that are not as obvious as the pile of Amazon boxes in my office.

That's why we spend so much effort teaching and modeling for your children about gratitude. Every moment is a blessing and we want your children to realize how blessed and lucky they truly are.

I also want you to know how lucky I am to be able to be a small part of your lives and have you in mine. I am deeply grateful for your partnership, your support, your trust and, most importantly, for your beautiful children! Happy Thanksgiving!

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