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I know why we use Ephraim and Menashe when blessing the children on Friday nights, (see: Why Does Hashem Bless Us Like Efraim And Menashe?) but why do we use Birkat Kohanim? Is there any specific reason the custom became to use this, besides just being a nice generic blessing?

While not necessary, I would appreciate sources discussing early uses of Birkat Kohanim in this way.

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You should know some opinions oppose the use of those verses for this purpose, as it is not their appropriate context. See here for details. – Double AA Apr 22 '13 at 0:07

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