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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The reason for the 'windows' is spelled out in Midrash Tanchuma, Naso 8:
החרכים is read as 5 apertures (ה' חרכים), thus the custom of most Kohanim to place the 2 hands together, with the thumbs touching, and the two left and right fingers of each hand paired together, with the hands otherwise stretched out.
Some Sefardim follow the Zohar: The 10 fingers correspond to the 10 distinct Sefiros. Thus, no fingers should be touching.
Some, wishing to follow both of the above customs, combine the 2. Thus, fingers 1-2 and 3-4 (that most keep together) are kept very slightly apart, with a larger gap in between 3 and 4 on each hand.
(Source: Bircas Kohanim by Rabbi Ave Gold, Artscroll 1981)
This video starting 1:30 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VVjP9mzOEE4
Explains that this gesture is to have Hashem's name
The shin in the "window" with the thumbs.