/: This week’s Parashah, Naso, teaches us about blessings. It ties into my @thelightofinfinite and @DontBlockYourBlessings projects perfectly. Its focus is also on blessing with love. If you focus on others as you would yourself, then you will love yourself more and, by virtue of that, become love for others.
יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ ה’ וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃ יָאֵ֨ר ה’ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃ יִשָּׂ֨א יְהוָ֤ה ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם
May God bless you and keep watch over you. May God make His presence enlighten you and grant you grace. May God direct His providence toward you and grant you peace.
My favorite of all blessings is this verse above. I say it every Friday night to my two sons (דובי & משי) as I place my hands on their heads. I meditate on the meaning of the words and my love for them as I kiss their foreheads.
This blessing is also known as the ברכת כהנים/Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, which has been performed since Biblical times. It is said to this day during the Musaf tefillah (prayer) on Shabbat and Holidays.
In last week’s Dvar, we touched on our interconnectedness and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s story that illustrates how important it is to pray for your friend in need, to bless them so that you do not become an obstacle for their potential to receive blessings. The three blessings of the Birkat Kohanim break down into three nekudot (points of Godliness).