Parasha Naso : The Priestly Blessing

Shavuah Tov, Leilah Tov, and Shalom.

Last Shabbat we read Parasha Naso which contained several important commandments to the Jewish people. Among these laws are the laws of Sotah (The suspected adultress), the laws of Nazir (The man or woman who takes a Nazirite vow of abstinence from wine), and the instructions to the Priests on how to bless the Jewish people.

The priestly blessing is said during the Amidah (The standing prayer) on Shabbat. It is also said during the Yom Tovim (Holidays), and it is said at the Kotel in Jerusalem by the Kohanim, who are descendants of Aaron, Moses brother.

The text of the blessing, in both English and transliterated Hebrew is reproduced below, thanks to Chabad.org’s website.

May G‑d bless you and guard you.
‘May G‑d shine His countenance upon you and be gracious to you.
‘May G‑d turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace.'” (Numbers 6:24-26)

The Hebrew words are:

Yivarechecha
Adonai
viyishmirecha

Ya’er
Adonai
panav
elecha
veechuneka

Yeesa
Adonai
panav
elecha
viyasem
lecha
shalom

Here are some musical, and actual scenes from this awesome blessing.

The actual Birkat Kohanim at the Kotel…

One of my most beloved Rabbis, Rabbi Lazer Brody, sings along with Shlomo Katz (Who is a Kohane) the haunting melody used by most cantors on the Holidays.

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