Blessing the Children

Since ancient times, Jewish parents have blessed their children on the eve of Shabbat and holidays with these blessing from the Bible. On this eve of memory, when generations sit together at the table, we bless children both present and absent.

Yivarech’cha Adonai v’yishmerecha, Ya-eir Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka, Yisa Adonai panav eilecha v’yaseim l’cha shalom. May God bless you and watch over you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May God’s face be lifted up to you, and grant you peace. 

Blessing for daughters

Yisimeich Elohim k’Sarah, Rivkah, Racheil v’Leah                                                                                                                                          May God bless you with the strength and vision of Sarah, with the wisdom and foresight of Rebekah, with the courage and compassion of Rachel, and with the gentleness and graciousness of Leah.

Blessing for sons

Yisimeich Elohim K’Ephrayim v’chiM’nashe                                                                                                                                                 May God bless you with the strength and faithfulness of Ephraim and the wisdom of Menasseh.

haggadah Section: Introduction