Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday #15 - Blessing Our Children

Every Sabbath, Jewish children receive the blessing of their parents.  It is traditional for the parents to place their hands on the child's head and say this prayer:

For sons:  May G-d make you as Ephraim and Manasseh.

For daughters:  May G-d make you as Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah, the four mothers of Israel.

During our Erev Shabbat service, the children stand under the tallit and we sing a song of blessing to them, followed by the blessings listed above.  This is the song we sing (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Don't you love the words?  Imagine growing up being blessed by your parents in this manner.  My husband, Rabbi Jem, grew up in a Jewish home and was blessed by his parents each week. The prayers and the blessings he received have had a great impact on his life. 

I love this part of the service because the children look so precious standing there as we bless them.  We stretch out our hands to them and make the sign of the "shin" (a Hebrew letter).  You can see the two littlest boys trying to make the sign, too.  I'll explain more about this in next week's post.   


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  1. Hi! I linked up on The Great Blog train and your blog was just ahead of mine! This was a really neat post! I am not Jewish, but I think there are a lot of neat things Jewish people do and this was just added to the list! I never heard about or knew of this blessing song before. I have heard of the prayer for sons and daughters. I think that is a wonderful blessing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Helen. If you haven't seen Fiddler on the Roof, you have to rent it. What a great movie.

  2. I learnt something new today.. I may not be Jewish but I believe in blessing and praying over your kids as often as you can... Thanks for that..

    1. Praying for our children is so important. I prayed for mine before they were even conceived, and am still praying over forty years later. G-d has heard my prayers and blessed abundantly.

  3. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥