Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Thanksgiving is almost upon us! By now you’ve probably received the newsletter which contains a Thanksgiving prayer by my teacher Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. (It’s an adaptation of the Al Hanisim — “For All the Miracles” — blessing which is added during Chanukah in our daily Amidah prayer, but it makes a fine standalone prayer, too.)
I’d also like to share with you a short Blessing for the Thanksgiving Meal which is my own creation, and sheet music for a very short-and-sweet one-line grace after meals (set to the tune of “O Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary”) which I have posted here before.
Here is a downloadable pdf file called Thanksgiving Trio which contains these three prayers: Reb Zalman’s Thanksgiving prayer, my Thanksgiving meal blessing, and “Brich Rachamana” (the grace after meals variation.) I hope one or more of these will speak to you this Thanksgiving!