The Aaronic Blessing // Birkat Kohanim
Initially commanded by God for the Kohanim (priests, descendants of Aaron), in the time of the Temple, the Aaronic Blessing was performed twice daily, after the morning offering and the afternoon offering. Today, at least in Israel, it is performed daily in Synagogue prayers. When parents bless their children every Friday night during Shabbat, they also use this blessing.
Rabbi Chaim David Azulai wrote that one should use the Birkat Kohanim instead of traditional farewells, such as “goodbye.” Why? Virtually every other blessing found in the Bible is conditional. This blessing, by contrast, comes with the guarantee that if one will pronounce it over someone, then God himself will bless them.
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