SAYING THE BLESSING

“Bless Yahweh O My Soul”
One of the most elemental flaws in the human character is the urge to get something for nothing. If
you take something without giving a blessing it is as if you stole it from the Heavenly Father. We are to
bless the object we consume and thank Yahweh for the giving of anything we receive in pleasure or
sustenance.
“The earth is Yahweh’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it (Psalm 24:1)”
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar
treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine (Exodus 19:5)”
If you receive something with thanksgiving then Yahweh gives you dominion over what you consume.
“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
(Psalm 2:8)”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)”
“For Yahweh your Elohim will bless you as he has promised, and you will lend to many nations but
will borrow from none. You will rule over many nations but none will rule over you. (Deuteronomy
15:6)”
“Then Yahweh your Elohim will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the
fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. Yahweh will again
delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors. (Deuteronomy 30:9)”
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. (Psalm 92:12)”
Our generation needs to learn the art of blessing: “Yahweh said to Moses: Speak to A’aron and
his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: Yahweh bless you and
keep you! Yahweh let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! Yahweh look upon you kindly
and give you peace!”(Numbers 6:22-26).
The first element of any blessing is a personal relationship with Yahweh. When we bless, we are
asking for goodness to be imparted, to do that we have to tap into the source of all goodness, we bless
Yahweh.
The second element in blessing is the ritual transfer of the blessing in actuality the goodness that
takes place physically through the words that we pronounce and gestures that we make, such as the lifting
of hands or the actual laying-on of hands.
“Rabbi Elazar said in the name of Rabbi Chanina: ‘A blessing given by an ordinary person should not be
unimportant in your eyes.” (Talmud Megillah 15a)
Rabbi Yitzchak Abarbenel understood the art of Blessing. He explained that when we give
blessings to Yahweh we are merely praising and lauding Him. And when we bless each other we are
praying to Yahweh to bestow His blessing or goodness. And when the Kohanim (priests) prayed in the
Temple they were beseeching Yahweh to have mercy upon the Children of Israel and their companions.
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