Friday, October 30, 2009

Sabbath Prayers: Birkat Ha’banim/Blessing the Children

On Friday nights, it is traditional for parents to give special blessings to their children. There are different blessings for boys and girls, but they share the same concluding verses: the priestly blessings.

For Boys:
Y’simcha Eh-lokim k’Ephraim v’chi'M’nasheh
May God make you like Ephraim and like Menashe.

For Girls:
Yi’see’maych Eh-lokim k’Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v’Lay’ah
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

Continued for both:
Y’va’reh’ch’cha A-donai v’yish’m’recha.
Ya’ayr A-donai panav ay’leh’cha vee’chu’neh’ka.
Yee’sah A-donai panav ay’leh’cha, v’yah’saym l’cha shalom.

May God bless you and watch over you.
May God shine His face toward you and show you favor.
May God be favorably disposed to you and grant you peace.

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