Is there reason to say the Yehi Ratzon in Birkas Kohani after the third stanza (ending in 'shalom')? I always said it quietly based on the Artscroll Machzor but have have been uncertain due to the Mishna Berura (130:5) writing

בסוף כל פסוק שמסיימין והם ג' פעמים [א"ר] וכן כתוב בשם הגר"א שהיה נוהג לומר גם בסוף פסוק ג' הרבש"ע הנ"ל שהוזכר בגמרא ולא היה"ר הנדפס בסידורים - After each stanza say the Ribono Shel Olam. The Gra would do the same after the third stanza, not saying the Yehi Ratzon printed in Siddurim.

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    [The translation is imprecise] Commented Jun 2, 2020 at 9:18

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In his siddur Rav Yaacov Emden brings the source to say it from the kisvey haari. He then includes a paragraph where the Ari connects the time of nisiyas kapayim, when the cohanim's hands are outstretched, as a time of shefah (a blessing of plenty) from Hashem so it appears to be a very special time to ask for things from Hashem, and presumably, hence the content of the "yehee ratzon" tefilah which is basically asking Hashem for many things.

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