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How to Say the Jewish Blessing over Children

It's a sweet and special custom in Jewish communities to bless your children on Friday nights before Shabbat dinner. Here's how.

A blessing is a short moment out of time to express your appreciation for something or someone. Judaism encourages blessings for food, drink, study, washing your hands, using the bathroom – it goes on and on. But so many parents connect very deeply with the custom of blessing their children on Friday nights. It’s ancient and beautiful and easy to learn how to do. Whether you bless your child the traditional way, or add your own twist, it will be a highlight of the week for both of you.

This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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