Jewish Lessons for Fathers

These are the people who’ve made me a grateful father (from left to right): My daughter, Abigail, my wife Cheryl, me and my son, Jonah  There’s a lot written online about Jewish mothers, but when it comes to Jewish fathers, well, we’re kind of overlooked. Now, don’t get me wrong – Jewish mothers deserve all the attention they get. I was raised by an incredible one and married a fantastic one. But, we Jewish dads deserve some attention too. So, in anticipation of Father’s Day, I’m taking a small step toward giving us Jewish dads an online voice by pulling together three fundamental Jewish lessons with which every father, Jewish or not, should be familiar. The first lesson comes from Life is Beautiful, the 1997 film detailing the fictional story of Dora and Guido, an Italian Jewish couple and their young son, Giosu­é, who are put in a Nazi concentration camp.…