All parents want the best for their
children - that they should be good and upright,
that they have everything they need for a fruitful, joyous life.
The Shelah HaKadosh writes that
the best time to pray for these blessings is the day before Rosh Chodesh
Sivan (in 2009, since Erev Rosh Chodesh is on Shabbat, this prayer is recited on Thursday, May 21, during the day), for that is the month when God gave us the Torah, and when the
Jewish people began to be called His Children. On that day, he writes,
fathers and mothers should give charity to the poor and repent. They
should even fast, if they are able to.
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