The blessing of the children is a very moving Shabbat tradition. It takes place on Friday night before sitting down to the Shabbat meal. The common custom is for the father or mother to place their hands on the child’s head and recite the blessing. In some homes it is followed by personal words of praise. Hand-written calligraphy on parchment is then invisibly stitched onto the matting to give the illusion of it floating within the frame.