Honoring Our Fathers
After you've done the ties, after-shave, and golf balls.
BY: Rabbi Daniel Brenner
Since Father's Day began in 1910 in Washington State, people have been giving cards, neckties, and steak dinners. It has also been a time when we reflect on our fathers and how they have shaped our lives.
The classic joke about Jewish fathers is an exchange between a young boy returning from school and his mother. The boy says, "I got the part of the Jewish father in the school play." The mother replies, "Oh, I'm so sorry. Maybe next year you'll get a speaking part."
Jewish fathers in particular have gone through enormous changes in the last three generations. In 1900, 80% of Jewish fathers in America were working blue-collar jobs, generally in textile factories.
Rabbi Daniel Brenner is the Director of the National Jewish Resource Center at CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership