Blessing the Children by Mrs. Lori Palatnik
A magic, eternal moment of connection for parents and children.
It is a beautiful custom to bless your children every Friday night; it’s a moment filled with love and meaning, especially when you understand the source behind such a tradition.
The Blessing for Sons
One of the Fathers of the Jewish people was Jacob, who had 12 sons who were to grow to become the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel. The next-to-youngest son was Joseph, who had two sons, Ephraim and Menashe.
Just before Jacob died, he called all his sons for a final blessing. As a special reward to Joseph, who remained righteous throughout his ordeal of exile, he calls forward Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Menashe, and gives them a special blessing, as well as two portions of the Land of Israel:
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