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It is a given that the Kohen blesses the people, but who blesses the Kohen? Is the Kohen excluded from the Brakha or is he included in the one he makes on the kehillah's behalf?

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The Kohen blesses the people?? ושמו את שמי על בני ישראל ואני אברכם. See also – Double AA Apr 12 '13 at 5:24
@DoubleAA, look four verses back: "you [kohanim] shall bless the Jews thusly...". – msh210 Apr 12 '13 at 6:35
@DoubleAA Which translated means, "I will bless them". So the Kohen does the blessing, which causes G-d to bless the people, but what about the Kohen? – Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 12 '13 at 7:39
@msh210 RMT: See the link above to the Rambam, who seems to imply the Kohanim are just doing a Mitzva, but God is the only one who blesses. – Double AA Apr 18 '13 at 0:12
@DoubleAA, on the contrary, he calls it a ברכת הדיוט, implying humans are blessing. He does say אין קיבול הברכה תלוי בכהנים (of course) but that doesn't mean they don't bless. (Else he'd be contradicting the pasuk I quoted above.) – msh210 Apr 18 '13 at 6:17

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Kohanim are blessed by Hashem while the Kohanim bless the people. See Bamidbar Rabbah (end of parsha 11):

מי מברך את הכהנים? תלמוד לומר: ואני אברכם, הכהנים מברכים את ישראל ואני אברך אלו ואלו. הוי, ואני אברכם.‏

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Nice idea. It has a source, too: Bamidbar Rabbah (end of parsha 11). [Available in pdf or plain-text.] – jake Apr 17 '13 at 20:44

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