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The priestly blessing

The Priestly or Aaronic blessing is a wonderful blessing that we could regard as a prayer.
In Numbers 6:24-26, God told Moses to give to Aaron and his sons. It is a prayer of blessing, given by God and may be likened as the only such prayer given that way in scripture. Jesus gave us a model of prayer in Matthew 6:89-13, that is a pattern to follow, more than an actual prayer.

This prayer of blessing has a few names. In Hebrew it is the Birkat Kohanim and reads:

Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yeesh’m’reicha.
יְבָ רֶ כְ ָך יְיָ וְ יִ שְׁ מְ רֶ ָך.Yaer Adonai panav eleicha veechooneka.
יָאֵ ר יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וִ יחֻ נֶּךָּ .Yeesa Adonai panav eleicha v’yasem l’cha shalom.
יִ שָּׂ א יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וְ יָ שֵׂ ם לְ ָך שָׁ לוֹם.

The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In English it is called the Priestly Benediction, the Priestly Blessing, the Aaronic Benediction, or the Beautiful Benediction.

It was given to Israel while in the wilderness, but today it is pronounced by descendants of Aaron, Kohanim of priestly lineage at such special times as Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah,and Yom Kippur. In Israel, however, the Birkat Kohanim is said daily in the synagogue and is the only remaining functional link between the present day synagogue and the ancient temple in Jerusalem.

Twice a year, at Pesach and Sukkot, a mass Priestly Blessing takes place at the Western Wall.

Tens of thousands of people gather for this impressive event, receiving this historic blessing from hundreds of descendants of Aaron. Before pronouncing the Priestly Blessing, today’s Kohanim recite in unison: 

Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aaron and commanded us to bless His people Israel with love.

It is the only mitzvah in Judaism whose accompanying blessing must be performed “with love” (b’ah-ha-VAH)

The priestly blessing

The Priestly or Aaronic blessing is a wonderful blessing that we could regard as a prayer.
In Numbers 6:24-26, God told Moses to give to Aaron and his sons. It is a prayer of blessing, given by God and may be likened as the only such prayer given that way in scripture. Jesus gave us a model of prayer in Matthew 6:89-13, that is a pattern to follow, more than an actual prayer.

This prayer of blessing has a few names. In Hebrew it is the Birkat Kohanim and reads:

Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yeesh’m’reicha.
יְבָ רֶ כְ ָך יְיָ וְ יִ שְׁ מְ רֶ ָך.Yaer Adonai panav eleicha veechooneka.
יָאֵ ר יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וִ יחֻ נֶּךָּ .Yeesa Adonai panav eleicha v’yasem l’cha shalom.
יִ שָּׂ א יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וְ יָ שֵׂ ם לְ ָך שָׁ לוֹם.

The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

The priestly blessing

The Priestly or Aaronic blessing is a wonderful blessing that we could regard as a prayer.
In Numbers 6:24-26, God told Moses to give to Aaron and his sons. It is a prayer of blessing, given by God and may be likened as the only such prayer given that way in scripture. Jesus gave us a model of prayer in Matthew 6:89-13, that is a pattern to follow, more than an actual prayer.

This prayer of blessing has a few names. In Hebrew it is the Birkat Kohanim and reads:

Y’varech’cha Adonai v’yeesh’m’reicha.
יְבָ רֶ כְ ָך יְיָ וְ יִ שְׁ מְ רֶ ָך.Yaer Adonai panav eleicha veechooneka.
יָאֵ ר יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וִ יחֻ נֶּךָּ .Yeesa Adonai panav eleicha v’yasem l’cha shalom.
יִ שָּׂ א יְיָ פָּ נָיו אֵ לֶ יָך וְ יָ שֵׂ ם לְ ָך שָׁ לוֹם.

The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.