Today: Father’s Day 2012


fatherandsonsittingFrom the first moments of life, the bond forged between a father and a child is sacred. Whether patching scraped knees or helping with homework, fathers bring joy, instill values, and introduce wonders into the lives of their children. Father’s Day is a special time to honor the men who raised us, and to thank them for their selfless dedication and love.

Fathers are our first teachers and coaches, mentors and role models. They push us to succeed, encourage us when we are struggling, and offer unconditional care and support. Children and adults alike look up to them and learn from their example and perspective. The journey of fatherhood is both exhilarating and humbling – it is an opportunity to model who we want our sons and daughters to become, and to build the foundation upon which they can achieve their dreams.

Fatherhood also carries enormous responsibilities. An active, committed father makes a lasting difference in the life of a child. When fathers are not present, their children and families cope with an absence government cannot fill. Foster and adoptive fathers respond to this need, providing safe and loving homes for children facing hardships. Men are also making compassionate commitments outside the home by serving as mentors, tutors, or big brothers to young people in their community.

We owe a special debt of gratitude for those parents whose sacrifices protect the lives and liberties of children. For the character they build, the doors they open, and the love they provide over our lifetimes, all our fathers deserve our unending appreciation and admiration.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Kabeid es avicha v’es Imecha is not a one-day-a-year mitzvah.

    Fathers (and Mothers) Day is a goyishe minhag which of late has been exploited by business.

    Jews are required to honor our parents 24/7/365, during their parents’ lifetimes and after they have left this world.

  2. Fathers are also one of the most under appreciated people in society. They are taken for granted when they are there for you, and the first ones you abandon in a divorce. Mothers are vital, but who needs fathers any way? Just look at statistics. How many kids that don’t have a relationship with their fathers, are stable? You’ll be shocked with the numbers!

  3. my daugther in law says that we have a mitzvah to remember the exodus every day of the year and we still observe Pesach!!