Q: It is our family’s custom to say grace before meals. Is it okay to say prayers when we have guests for dinner?
A: Certainly. One of the warmest gestures you can make is to include a dinner guest in a family tradition. The only exception would be if you think it might make your guest(s) uncomfortable. But you can usually put guests at easy by quietly assuring them ahead of time that they need not participate. Anyone who is nonreligious, or of a different faith, should just sit quietly during grace. Such a guest can practice “discreet non-participation” in the prayer, while still respecting the beliefs of the host and hostess.