It houses an extraordinary array of exhibits, drawn from almost every age, place and culture. There are items from the entire history and geography of the Diaspora. There is a large collection of idols and graven images from ancient Canaan, reminding us in the most vivid way of what our ancestors broke away from.
Speak to Aaron and his sons: In this way shall you bless the people of Israel. Traditionally, the priests blessed the people every morning after the sacrifice at the Temple. Today, many synagogues end their service with this blessing as a benediction.
The Torah prescribed that only the descendants of Aaron i. During an Orthodox service, for example, the priests first remove their shoes and have their hands ritually washed by Levites if any are present. This custom is apparently based on the verse, "Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!
They then ascend to stand before the Ark and each one covers his head and arms with a tallit prayer shawl while privately reciting the blessing: Each priest then raises his hands, with the palms facing downward and the thumbs of his outspread hands touching.
This ceremony is sometimes called Nesiat Kapayim, the "lifting of the hands. This is further indicated by the verse that immediately follows the birkat kohanim: In the blessing that follows, the text in brackets is said in an undertone in response to the priest's recitation: Orthodox Jews do not look at the Kohanim priests while they are saying the blessing, for two reasons: One is not supposed to look at anything during the blessing.
Instead one should look at the ground and concentrate on the blessing. Looking at the Kohanim could be distracting. When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, the Divine Presence would shine on the fingers of the Kohanim as they would bless the Jews, and no one was allowed to look out of respect for God.
Today Orthodox Jews continue this practice as a reminder of what praying was like in days past. Note that this blessing is also used to bless members of your household, for example, during the Kiddush on Shabbat, as well as on other occasions.
God "lifts up His face" as He holds you up in divine joy! Download Study Card Translation: His first blessing was to Adam and Eve "Be fruitful Later He blessed Noah and his sons when they left the teivah ark.
God especially blessed Abraham the tzaddik, who was given the power of blessing others Gen. Abraham did not directly bless Isaac, however, since he did not want to also bless Ishmael, so God stepped in and blessed Isaac directly Gen.
The power of blessing others was then transferred to Isaac, who then transferred it to Jacob Gen. In the Torah, God later taught Moses that the power to bless others would now come from His appointed kohanim.
All mitzvot should be performed joyfully, though if someone cannot attain this emotion, the mitzvah must still be performed. The mitzvah of birkat kohanim the "priestly blessing" is unique in that if a kohen is unhappy, he must not recite the blessing therefore a kohen who is in aveilut mourning over the death of a parent is required to leave during birkat kohanim.
Traditionally, the priests blessed the people every morning after the sacrifice at the mishkan and later at the Temple.
When the cantor is finishing the modim thanksgiving blessing i. The congregation or cantor then responds by quietly saying, am kedoshekha ka'amur "Your consecrated people, as it is said The Talmud Sotah 39a says that before the kohanim bless the congregation they must make a blessing in which praise is given to the LORD for the honor of blessing the people.
The blessing is called "l'varekh et amo Yisrael b'ahava" "to bless His nation Israel with love": Just as God blesses us as an expression of His kindness, so too the kohen must seek to display God's love in this manner.
The preparatory blessing is intended to induce a state of kavanah in the heart of the one performing the commandment.
According to the sages, the obligation to bless the people "with love" comes from the Scriptures themselves. The verse that immediately precedes the commandment to bless the people says, "Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: This "full spelling" of the verb is said to indicate that the act of blessing others should not be done in a halfhearted or impatient manner, but rather with fullness of heart and sincerity.THE PRIESTLY BLESSING is found in Numbers Traditionally, the priests blessed the people every morning after the sacrifice at the Temple.
Today, many synagogues end their service with this blessing as a benediction. The Birkat Kohanim recited in Hebrew. Blessings Book with Audio CD. Birkat Kohanim. The Priestly Blessing Chanted.
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THE PRIESTLY BLESSING is found in Numbers Traditionally, the priests blessed the people every morning after the sacrifice at the Temple. Today, many synagogues end their service with this blessing as a benediction. The Priestly Blessing or priestly benediction, (Hebrew: ברכת כהנים ; translit. birkat kohanim), also known in rabbinic literature as raising of the hands (Hebrew nesiat kapayim), or Dukhanen (Yiddish from the Hebrew word dukhan – platform – because the blessing is given from a raised rostrum), is a Hebrew prayer recited by Kohanim (the Hebrew Priests, descendants of Aaron).
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