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What is the significance of the shapes (windows?) created by the kohen during birkas cohanim? This question and the ensuant answers detail at least 3 opinions of the gesture, I would really appreciate an answer that explains the difference between the three (as far as the significance of the shapes created by each).

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I was surprised to recently learn that the gesture was (at least according to some Rabbinic sources) intended to form the letters of the Name. Looking forward to seeing the answers. –  A Blue Thread Feb 6 '13 at 17:44
@ABlueThread from my understanding the two hands are supposed to form the letter shin (each) and the overall gesture is supposed to recreate the name shin-daled and yud. –  user2110 Feb 6 '13 at 17:54
The letters of the Name are written on the wrist of the last image of the hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priestly_blessing I have not been able to independently verify this, but a book I recently read quotes a Rabbinical source as saying "the priest would form the letters of the Tetragammaton with his hands." Citing Bahya ben asher, Biur Al Ha-Torah, volume 3, page 94. Priests are required to place the Name on the Children of Israel. The hand gesture seems to be how they did it after the Rabbinic ban on speaking the name was enacted. –  A Blue Thread Feb 6 '13 at 18:13

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