That program made me curious about the blessings that Jewish parents say over their children. On Friday nights fathers (and sometimes mothers) place hands on their sons and say, "May God make you like Ephraim and Menashe." Why Ephraim and Manasseh? The following information is from Aish.com
- "Ephraim and Menashe were the first brothers among our forefathers to live without rivalry."
- "Ephraim and Menashe were brothers who lived in harmony, for their life focus was the highest example of working for good for their community and people."
- "Of the 12 sons and their families, these two were the only ones to grow to maturity outside of the Land of Israel. Yet despite great odds, they still remained steadfast in their commitment to Judaism. We cannot always guarantee that our children will not be exposed to a negative environment. We therefore give them the blessing to be like those who were not tempted by their immoral surroundings and maintained their ethical and righteous behavior."
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. (Psalm 133:1)