Aaronic Blessing – Priestly Blessing

Blessing the Children
Blessing Children at Passover

“Adonai said to Moshe, “Speak to Aharon and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Isra’el: you are to say to them,

‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’

“In this way they are to put my name on the people of Isra’el, so that I will bless them” (Numbers 6:22-27).

May Adonai bless you and keep you; may Adonai be gracious to you; may Adonai lift His countenance upon you and give you shalom.’

This blessing was spoken to put the memorial name of God on His people: Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, yod-hey-vav-hey. Adonai is the ‘name’ used today because the verbally spoken memorial name given to Moshe has been lost.

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