When I was a child, my parents would bless my siblings and me on Erev Shabbos. The formulation that they used was "Yesimcha Elokim kEphraim v'ch'Menashe" for each son and "Yesimech Elokim kSarah, Rivka, Rachel, V'Leah" for each daughter, and then they would say the kohen's blessing "yevarechicha..." once for everyone together.

Usually when I have seen other families blessing their children, they do it quietly so it is difficult for others to hear, but I believe that they say the kohen blessing separately for each child. Is this the typical practice?

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    AFAIK yes. No source (yet), so I'm not posting this as an answer (yet).
    – msh210
    May 10, 2013 at 4:38
  • @msh210 Any source now (besides yourself and the two comment upvotes agreeing with you)?
    – Daniel
    Jul 8, 2015 at 14:34
  • There's no way to downvote a comment. For all I know, there may be dozens of people who disagree with my comment above. :-) In any event, no, no source now. Sorry.
    – msh210
    Jul 8, 2015 at 16:13
  • @msh210 That's why I ask for a source :)
    – Daniel
    Jul 8, 2015 at 16:22
  • See also judaism.stackexchange.com/help/no-one-answers
    – msh210
    Jul 8, 2015 at 16:35


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