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,
‘May Adonai bless you and keep you. May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor. 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.”
The Aaronic (or priestly) blessing, Birkat HaKohanim in Hebrew, also is called Nesiat Kapayim – the lifting of the hands.
One can render the blessing in paraphrase:
May the Lord bless you with all the material prosperity you need, and may He protect it so that you can do good works, especially that you may have the time to learn His Word.
May He give you insight into His Word so that you can see the absolute wonder of Who He is, how He’s causing all things to work for good in His plan, and through that, grant you favor with God and man.
May He top it off with everything you don’t deserve but desperately need, everything that He is more than willing to give you through His covenant love and affection, and may you be overwhelmed entirely with His peace!**
You can download the Aaronic Blessings here.
* Numbers 6:22-27, Complete Jewish Bible
Sometimes I learn stuff that makes my understanding (and my mind) explode!! I think the word is mind-blowing!! Lol!! This little gem is no exception!! Mind-blowing!! G-d is beyond amazing!! There are no words to describe His great love, His great wisdom! We can try to understand Him, but we can’t. And then in one moment He opens our eyes and our hearts and reveals a little bit more of Himself, something that, once again, blows or minds! Consider my mind blown this morning!! Shabbat shalom!! Xxx
Oh Wendy what a hug from Heaven to read your words here. I love those moments when He opens our hearts, our understanding and we see just a bit more of Him! Shabbat shalom to you ((((Wendy))))
When I first saw the graphic for this awesome teaching; I saw the inner ear apparatus. This not only allows us to hear but initiates the start of the complexity in balance. (This was for me). I stand for the blessing weekly (live stream currently). Still this teaching made be be quiet and hear the Word of blessing and remain joyfully in awe. M
Beautiful observations, Margaret. Thank you for sharing! Keren