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Manners Are Still a Thing

Once again, the Glicks have highlighted an issue that is so obvious and yet so many are unaware of it (“What Happened to the Thank You Note?” September 19, 2019). I agree that the act of writing thank you notes is rapidly disappearing, not to mention the art of how to write a good one. When my mother, a”h, used to get a particularly nice note she would call them up to thank them for the thank you note!

I know that after my bar mitzvah I was not served dinner every night until I came to the table with three or five (I don’t remember the exact number) thank you notes—and they had to be individualized and not just the same three or four sentences for all. I did not enjoy doing it at the time, but it taught me a lifelong lesson in menschlichkeit that carries over into so many facets of day-to-day life and interaction with others.

Jacob Schlanger
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