Shabbat and Holiday Blessings: Blessing over Children

It is traditional to bless children each Shabbat and on every holiday.

Place your hands on the head of the child and recite:

For Girls

When blessing girls, start with these lines:

 

Y'simeich Elohim k'Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, v'Leah.

 

May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

 

For Boys

When blessing boys, start with these lines:

Y'simcha Elohim k'Efrayim v'che-Menasheh.

May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

 

For all children

Continue here for all children:

Y'varechecha Adonai V'yish'm'recha.
Ya'er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka.
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v'yasem l'cha shalom.

May God Bless you and guard you.
May the light of God shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.
May the presence of God be with you and give you peace.

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