Friday, June 6, 2008

Blessings...Priestly and Otherwise

It's a famous line
"May God bless you and keep you."
the priests all said it.

"May the face of God
shine on you and be gracious
unto you and yours."

"May God's face lift up
to you and may you always
find completeness -- peace."

The Priestly Blessing is the centerpiece of this week's Torah portion, Naso.

The Hebrew root of the word "shalom," which means peace, is "shalem" -- which means wholeness or completeness. Only when we have completeness...in ourselves, in the world...can we truly find peace.

May you find blessings, completeness, and peace on this Shabbat.

Shabbat Shalom!

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8 comments:

ilanadavita said...

Nice post; thank you for the blessing.

Kathryn said...

Your haikus are always so amazing! Great job. AGAIN!

Jendeis said...

A wonderful explanation and great way to start off Shabbat as a way to being whole.

Leora said...

And the priestly greeting is the origin of Dr. Spock from Star Trek(aka Leonard Nimoy)'s Vulcan Salute.

Shabbat Shalom.

SAHMmy Says said...

Great blessing--those are the words to one of my favorite hymns--didn't know the origin!

transplantingme.com said...

thanks for the explanation of "shalom" i've always thought it was just a generic greeting. i should have know there was much more to it!

maggies mind said...

I didn't know the origin - nicely done, as always!

the planet of janet said...

one of my favorites...