“Y’varekh’kha Hashem v’yishmerekha
(May Hashem bless you and keep you)
Ya’er Hashem panav eleikha vichunekka
(May Hashem make His face shine on you and show you his favour)
Yissa Hashem panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom
(May Hashem lift up his face toward you and give you peace)”
( Numbers 6: 24-26 )
May God bless you and keep you
May God deal kindly and graciously with you
May G-d bestow favour upon you, and grant you peace.
Those three verses are known as the "priestly blessing."
We are actually blessed as,
during the past 2 years we have a Cohen with us and we can enjoy his blessing!!!
After this blessing, in this week's Torah portion, we read,
" This shall they link My name with the people of Israel, and I will bless them."
When we recite this blessing,
We link G-d's name with our community,
We create and strengthen the bonds between ourselves
and the part of G- d's essence
which is described by each of our many different names for G-d.
"And I will bless them,"
the "I," of course,
being G- d.
Actually, the culminating point of the
BIRKAT HAKOANIM is
Yissa Hashem panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha SHALOM!
(May Hashem lift up his face toward you and give you PEACE)”
“PEACE is the thread of grace issuing from Him,"
IIsaac ABRABANEL writes,
“That is why G-d is called PEACE, because it is He who binds the world together
orders all things according to their particular character and posture.
For when things are in their proper order, peace will reign”
( This we can fin in Abrabanel, Commentary to Avot 2:12. )
When we put our whole selves, in all four worlds,
body, heart, mind, and spirit
into service of the One, that's when we can bless others.
That's when we can link G-d's own Name with our names.
That's how we open that connection for extraterrestrial abundance:
not merely through saying the words of the priestly blessing,
but through committing our whole selves to serving others,
and in so doing,