This week my nephew turned five, and my parents celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
So I said a little something, at two different times, during our Shabbat dinner.
One practice every family must learn, if it wants to grow multigenerational roots, is the spontaneous speech.
I found this pretty awkward at first, but it’s kind of like learning to pray out loud.
You don’t prepare, you just ding a glass, open your mouth, and focus the group on why the event is meaningful.
Just speak from your heart.
It can be just 20 seconds.
But it makes a huge difference.
After I share something I invite others to do the same, when they’re ready, at any time during the meal.
It’s especially fun to hear how the kids honor people and events in this way.
But usually one of the parents has to lead the way.
As your family grows, these simple reflective moments will bring richness, meaning, and depth to your experiences.
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