Today: Father’s Day 2011


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. For a Jew, every day is Father’s (and Mother’s) Day. The Mitzvah of Kibbud Av va’Em is constant and eternal (i,e., even after the death of a parent).

    This secular Father’s Day is a commercial hype.

  2. I think Father’s Day is a beautiful idea. So is Mother’s Day. Nothing wrong with a specially designated day to honor and show thanks to one’s parent(s). Judaism also has specially designated days: Shabbos for one (shouldn’t we think about God creating everything everyday? Of course! Yet one day a week is set aside to really think and live this idea).We’re obligated to always remember Yetzias Mitrayim, yet we set aside an entire week to commemorate it. Every day we study and ponder the Torah. One (or 2) days in te year we set aside time to appreciate Kabbalas Hatorah. So setting aside a special day for Kibud Av v’Em is perfectly appropriate, and, in our day, absolutely needed. Yasher koach, America! I love and celebrate it big time! Join me!


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