IIRC, there was a statement made that a person who fixes their bad trait before their child is born, will not pass that trait along to their child.

I'm trying to locate this, but I'm not having any luck. I've tried likut mamarim sefarim and asked some people I thought might know, all to no avail.

I'm pretty sure it was in the gemara and not in a medrash or mussar seffer, but I can't be 100% sure.

  • Do you have a source for passing traits at all? The Gemmorah says that G-d decides on every person's soul specifically - I never heard of such heredity. – Al Berko May 16 '19 at 11:52
  • You might want to add examples to your question that support your claims (maybe like Mamzer, Kiddushin 70-74 I think) – Al Berko May 16 '19 at 12:00
  • Also, please clarify what "traits" you're talking about - physiological, psychological, Middos or else. – Al Berko May 16 '19 at 12:18

The Drashos HaRan writes it clearly. He writes that one who works realy hard on a certain middah will not trtansmit t to his child. I dont recall where. It is also brought down in his name in the sefer siach sarfei koidesh.

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