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is important for parents and teachers to encourage children to bentch with kavanah, from a siddur.” Rav Chaim also suggested explaining the meaning of the words — each time of a different bracha — and to keep the experience positive with small incentives. “In this zechus, Hashem will surely shower all of Klal Yisroel with much rachamim, and we will merit hearing besuros tovos.”

GRATITUDE IS A VIRTUE intrinsic to the Jewish nation. Recognizing the source of our bounty, we naturally turn to thank Hashem for everything we have and for the privilege of being satiated by His good. Still, each time we lift that bentcher to say Birchas Hamazon, we are fulfilling a mitzvah from the Torah, “V’achalta v’savata u’veirachta — and you shall eat, and be satiated, and you shall bentch Hashem…” (De-

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