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How is the Priestly Blessing administered?

1. Yer Basic Priestly Blessing During the cantor's Repetition of the Amidah, the kohen or kohanim remove their shoes. The shoe removal...

What is the mystical significance of the Priestly Blessing?

The Ambiguous Verdict On Rosh Hashanah we are judged and on Yom Kippur the verdict is sealed. The Heavenly Court determines the amount of Divine...

A step-by-step guide to the Priestly Blessing.

• The chazzan beginning the 'retzay' blessing is the cue for the Kohanim to rise and make their way to the front of the sanctuary (all hands...

What does the congregation do during the Priestly Blessing?

• It is customary for the congregation to stand for the duration of the Birchat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing), out of respect for the Divine Presence...

What is the procedure for the hand-washing preceding the Priestly Blessing?

• The Kohen is required to ritually wash and sanctify his hands before the Birchat Kohanim (Priestly Blessing). The al netilat yadayim blessing...

When do the Kohanim administer the Priestly Blessing?

• In Jerusalem, the Birchat Kohanim rite is performed every morning. On days when the Musaf service is recited, the Birchat Kohanim is performed...

Which Kohanim should not participate in the Priestly Blessing?

• A crucial prerequisite to the Birkat Kohanim is mutual love and respect between the Kohanim and the congregation. In fact, the text of the...

Why should I listen to the blessing of such an ordinary Kohen?

The Kohen’s level of observance and piety are irrelevant. It is not he who is providing the blessing; he is merely serving as a conduit for...

Why am I not supposed to look at the Kohanim during the Priestly Blessings?

There are two reasons why one is not supposed to look at the Kohanim while they are duchening:(1) One is not supposed to look at anything during duchening....

What is the Priestly Blessing?

A. The traditional three-class division of the Jewish population—Kohanim, Levi’im and Yisraelim—is one of the few remnants of Temple-era...