As Fathers Day approaches on the secular calendar, I find myself thinking about the traditional Jewish blessing fathers bestow on their sons. This tradition has its roots in a scene towards the end of the book of Genesis, in which Jacob says from his deathbed:
By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying: “May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.” (Genesis 48:20)
Most people have no idea who Ephraim and Manasseh were, so therefore they have no idea what we’re asking our children to be like. No worries, I’ll explain it in this little blog post I wrote for JewishBoston.com.