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Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals? I'm asking about any text, from the religious texts here to "This food smells good".

Also does whether Jesus is invoked make a difference?

This question is assuming there is no problem with the food's kashrus.

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4676 –  msh210 Aug 11 '13 at 16:15
A common christian grace not only mentions but attributes status to Jesus. I expect that to be a problem at the very least... –  Monica Cellio Aug 11 '13 at 16:43
@msh210 I feel the link does not really answer the question. I am not a christian but my family is and i am 100% uncomfortable sitting in their table and praying to JC before a meal. Am i allowed to even eat with them? I do not know how to deal with this as my family has insisted that they would not change their ways because of my Judaism. –  Banjamin Aug 12 '13 at 13:02
I don't know what's allowed for Jews, but my family is Christian, as are some of my friends, and I'm not anymore. I would not join in any prayer that might be 'in Jesus' name' or whatever. I'm saying this just to give a practical suggestion: often when I am with my family at a formal meal where everyone prays together, I just say I will pray. I just pray in English to God, and they are okay with it. (Note: on second thoughts, it might be wrong at least for Jews and maybe also for me to do that, considering where my family might direct their prayers towards in their minds?) –  Annelise Aug 12 '13 at 13:41
To Vezu (and this may also answer my last parenthesis), a rabbi I often eat with on Friday nights is fine with inviting Christians to the Shabbos meal, they have had a few of my friends come. They pray in Hebrew with Christians there, and eat together with them. I think it is common practice in Judaism to allow this. So the only question is whether we can join in a meal that was prayed for with a Christian grace (which is idolatrous in some strong sense at least). –  Annelise Aug 12 '13 at 14:02
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