The Priestly Blessing contains three parts. It begins with a blessing for prosperity and safety, continues with a blessing for God’s grace, and climaxes with a blessing of peace. In Israel, the Priestly Blessing is recited publicly each day by individuals possessing a family tradition that they are among the descendants of Aharon. We pray every day for the total fulfillment of the Priestly Blessing, when the Jewish people will live peacefully in the Land of Israel.
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You shall faithfully observe all the Instruction that I enjoin upon you today, that you may thrive and increase and be able to possess the land that Hashem promised on oath to your fathers Deuteronomy 8:1 (The Israel Bible™)
kol ha-mitz-VAH a-SHER a-no-KHEE m’-tza-v’-KHA ha-YOM tish-m’-RUN la-a-SOT l’-MA-an tikh-YUN ur-vee-TEM u-va-TEM vee-rish-TEM et ha-A-retz a-sher nish-BA a-do-NAI la-a-vo-tay-KHEM
This Hebrew verse starts in the singular, “all the Instruction that I enjoin upon you today,” but finishes in the plural, “that you may thrive and increase and be able to possess the land that Hashem promised on oath to your fathers.” The positive actions of even a single person can benefit the entire world. An individual following one commandment can bring merit to many, and ensure that they live and thrive. Furthermore, the words in this verse, as in so many others throughout the Bible, directly connect the blessing of life to living in the Land of Israel. It is in every person’s power not only to enable others to live, but to “thrive and increase and be able to possess the land that Hashem promised on oath to your fathers.”
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