- Title: Kotel Priestly Blessing Birkat Kohanim 001
The Priestly Blessing or priestly benediction also known in rabbinic literature as raising of the hands or Dukhanen (Yiddish from the Hebrew word dukhan – platform – because the blessing is given from a raised rostrum), is a Hebrew prayer recited by Kohanim - the Hebrew Priests. According to Torah, they are descendants of Aaron the first High Priest, older brother of Moses and have been divinely chosen by God to work in the Tabernacle and assist the Israelites in blessings, ministering, sacrifices and atoning for their sins to God, for all eternity.
According to the Torah, Aaron blessed the people after offering sacrifices and YHWH promises that "I will place my name on their hands" (the Kohanim's hands) "and bless them" (the Jews receiving the blessing). The Jewish Sages stressed that although the priests are the ones carrying out the blessing, it is not them or the ceremonial practice of raising their hands that results in the blessing, but rather it is God's desire that His blessing should be transferred by means of the Kohanim's hands.
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- Keywords: Kohanim, Birkat, Blessing, Priestly, Kotel
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