Thursday, March 28, 2019

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The Priestly Blessing

   by Reb Gutman Locks   


     One of the additional benefits we receive by living in the Holy Land is that here the Kohanim (Priests) bless the congregation every morning. Outside the Land it is our custom to do this only on the holidays.

     Regarding this blessing, Hashem said to Moshe, "Speak to Aaron and his sons saying: This is how you shall bless the children of Israel say to them: "Hashem bless you and keep you; Hashem make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; Hashem lift up His countenance upon you and grant you peace."[i]

     How can we get the most out of this blessing? Some think it is best to stand directly in front of the Kohanim when they say the blessing. This is not necessary.    

     When Hashem gave this commandment, He said for Aaron and his sons to say these words to the Children of Israel. So, to get the most from this blessing the Kohanim say these words and we are to listen carefully to them. These are the words that Hashem wants us to hear so we will understand the blessing He is giving us. And, we are to say amen (so be it) in the pauses after each of the three sentences of blessings.

     And this is what happens: "Let them place My Name upon the Children of Israel, and I will bless them."[ii]

[i] Numbers 6:23

[ii] Numbers 6:27


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