priestly blessing

noun

: a Hebrew blessing of the people pronounced by a cohen or cohanim in a synagogue on festival days in accordance with the command and formula of Num 6: 22–27
also : an English translation of this blessing pronounced by a rabbi at various occasions (as at a bar mitzvah)

Word History

Etymology

translation of Late Hebrew bīrkhāt kōhānīm

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“Priestly blessing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/priestly%20blessing. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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