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The Priestly Blessing. A blessing that the Kohanim (or Priests) traditionally give to the congregation on holidays in the Diaspora, and daily in Eretz Yisrael.

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Birkat kohanim on Shabbat in South Africa

A South African acquaintance of mine told me that in (the Ashkenazi communities in) South Africa, the custom is not to do birkat kohanim on Shabbat, even when Yom Tov falls on Shabbat. He said that ...
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Heter for only doing birkat kohanim on Yom Tov

There is a minhag, a predominantly ashkenazc diaspora one, to only do Birkat Kohanim on Yom Tov. My question is what is the Heter for this? There is a general principle we don’t pass up mitzvot when ...
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Standing positions during Birkhat Kohanim

The Rambam writes (משנה תורה, הלכות תפילה וברכת כהנים ט״ו) that people standing behind the Kohanim during birkhat Kohanim do not receive the beracha (and see Sotah 38b (here)): עַם שֶׁהֵם אֲחוֹרֵי ...
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Eating/drinking before Birkat Kohanim

According to Halacha, one should not eat a meal before hearing the Shofar blown. Many such as rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin were Machmir even when it comes to drinking. The source of this general principle ...
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Does it matter if an unveiled Cohen says Birchat Kohanim as part of a regular Amidah?

If a Ba'al Tefilah who happens to be a Cohen is reciting Birchat Kohanim as part of the repetition of the Amidah, is there any concern, special measures, or discussion about whether it is appropriate ...
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Alternate responses to priestly blessing [duplicate]

Please explain the response to the priestly blessing that starts "כן יהי רצון" but adds b’zchut Avraham, then b’zchut Yitzchak and finally b’zchut Ya’akov When did this tradition begin, what ...
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Why can't we look at Birkat Kohanim if the Kohanim are covered by a tallit?

The Peninei Halacha writes (here) that: He should not look at the Kohanim or at anything else, so as not to distract his thoughts from the berachah (Shulchan Aruch 128:23; Mishnah Berurah 89). The ...
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Kohanim on Rosh Hashanah [closed]

Is it permissible to have the same kohen have a Torah Aliyah in two different rooms? Is it permissible to have the same kohen duchen in two different rooms?
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What is the proper sequence (right-left) for a kohen to follow when the Levi washes his hands before he duchens? [duplicate]

There are two sequences used when we wash for sanctification: alternating: right-left three times (before davening, after leaving a cemetery) and non-alternating: right hand completely, left hand ...
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Different names for "Birchas Kohanim"

Where did the different names for the "priestly blessings" come from? Duchaning , Birkas Kohanim, Nesiat Kapayim etc..
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Women behind the kohanim during birchas kohanim

The halacha is during birchas kohanim you can not be behind the kohenim. Does anyone know if this does or does not apply to women in the ezras nashim in a situation where part of the ezras nashim is ...
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Do you duchen in an Avel's house?

In Israel where they Duchen daily, do you Duchen in a minyan in an Avel's house during the week of Shiva? If yes, do the Aveilim leave the room during duchening? If there is no Kohen does the Chazzan ...
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Why does the תפילת הטבת חלום/רבונו prayer said during ברכת כהנים reference 5 seemingly random miracles

Siddurim have a prayer called תפילת הטבת חלום /רבונו של עולם in which we pray that bad dreams don't manifest in reality. It references 5 seemingly random miracles. Two are cases of healing of צרעת (...
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Kohanim names. Am I a Kohan [closed]

My last name is Herskowitz. I was told that I am a Kohan. After reading Kohan names are Cohen and Katz. Am I truly a Kohan?
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Friday Night Priestly Blessing When Children Away

Are you allowed to bless your children on Friday night when they are not in your presence? I recalled reading this somewhere but I have a mental blank as to what the answer is (I think somewhere in ...
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Why do kohanim always chant in a terrible monotone? [duplicate]

I am not sure if it is just me, but it seems that there is never a melodious chanting of birchas kohanim, but rather is always a mixture of many toneless voices, as if they are tone-deaf. Is this for ...
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Yehi Ratzon After Birkas Kohanim

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 ...
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Priestly blessing with split minyan

This morning, a member of our synagogue raised an interesting question. Assume a congregation in Israel, which has to split the minyan in two in order to comply with precautionary measures due to the ...
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Birkat kohanim at shacharit and ne'ilah of Yom Kippur

Rema Orach Chayyim 128:44 notes that some Ashkenazi communities recite birkat kohanim at ne'ilah of Yom Kippur, and some even at shacharit. Every Ashkenazi synagogue (outside of Israel) that I've ...
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Can a deaf Cohen duchen?

This answer indicates that today Cohanim with disabilities may duchen. I am asking here if a deaf person may do so, not because he is disabled, but because he cannot hear the prompt by the Shat"z. ...
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Why ken yehi ratzon and not Amen? [duplicate]

Why is that in the Ashkenaz circles (non Sephardi) by the daily birchat kohanim, the congregation responds “Ken yehi ratzon” rather than the usual response of Amen, after a blessing is recited? Why ...
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Socks versus shoes for the priestly blessing

I always see kohanim remove their shoes before n'si'as kapayim, even those without leather, but not their socks. In other contexts I'm familiar with, socks are the same as non-leather shoes. For ...
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Multiple Leviyim Washing the Kohanim's hands

The minhag I've seen is that a levi washes the hands of the kohen before he recites the birchas kohanim. I have often seen numerous Levittes teaming up to wash a kohen together - each of them grasps ...
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Is a kohen who embarrasses someone publicly prohibited to duchen?

Since embarrassing one in public is considerred like murder and one should give up their life rather than transgress (Bava Metzia 59B, see Tosfas Sotah 10B on top), does this mean a kohen cannot ...
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Should an Israeli Cohen visiting Diaspora duchen when it's not Yom Tov?

Scenario (based on Ashkenazi practice): An Israeli Cohen who is visiting in Diaspora is there on either Shabbat 8th day of Pesach or Shabbat 2nd Day Shavu'ot. For him, it is a "regular" Shabbat. He ...
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Priestly blessing grammar - וישם

In the Priestly blessing (במדבר ו:כד-כה), for the word וישם, is the the root שים or is the root ישם? ישם -'Implement', https://pealim.com/dict/864-leyasem שים - 'Put', https://www.pealim.com/dict/45-...
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Standing right in front of the Kohanim by Birkas Kohanim

I recently read that Rav Hillel Zacks would stand right in front of the Kohanim during Birkas Kohanim. I've seen many great men do this as well. Why is this done?
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Source for not looking at a kohens hands.

It's commonly known that non Kohanim shouldn't look at a kohens hands during Birchas Kohanim. What is the source for this?
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At what age does a minor kohen start to recite Birkat Kohanim?

Shulchan Aruch 128:34 rules that a minor kohen performs nesiat kapayim (lit. 'rasing the palms', i.e. reciting the Priestly Blessing) in order to learn and become accustomed to the practice (as long ...
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Why do kohanim make a bracha on birkat kohanim if they are safek kohanim?

If Kohanim nowadays are safek kohanim how can they make a bracha on Birkat kohanim isn't the rule "safek brachot le'hakel"?
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What different pronunciation should a Kohen give to each letter to be strict in halacha? (SA 128:33)

When Halacha says that a Kohen should distinguish between all the Hebrew letters in Siman 128 Seif 33 from where it says "similar examples": מי שאינו יודע לחתוך האותיות כגון שאומר לאלפי"ן עייני"ן ...
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Does the congregation say "am kedoshecha ka'amur" before birchas kohanim?

Does the congregation say "am kedoshecha ka'amur" before birchas kohanim? Or only the chazzan?
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Is there a halacha or minhag that says that Duchenin should not be done in perfect harmony?

Considering this answer which cites a halacha that Cohanim must duchen together, I'm curious as to why so many shuls that I have attended throughout many years seem to have a group of Cohanim that don'...
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Birkas Kohanim when wife is a niddah

I remember seeing somewhere that a kohen whose wife is a niddah should not recite the birkas kohanim. Does anyone know where this is cited? I don't beileve anyone practices this anymore.
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A Kohan married to a Convert Blessing the People

May a Kohan who is married to a convert bless the People (Birkhat HaKohanim?)
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Tefilah, birkat kohanim bowing vs. oseh shalom

Weekdays, by the repetition of the Amida, it is the Ashkenazik custom for the chazzan to say an abridged version of Birkat cohanim. The Artscroll siddur says the chazzan is to bow to the right side ...
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procedure for birkat kohanim

The Mechaber in Orach Chaim 128:13 writes: "מתחילין הכהנים לומר יברכך: הגה וי"א שגם מלת יברכך יקרא אותם ש"צ תחלה [טור ור"ן פ' הקורא והגהות מיימוני] (וכן נוהגים בכל מדינות אלו) ואח&...
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Ayin or Aleph, blessing or curse?

This site: https://www.torahmusings.com/2014/08/mispronouncing-hebrew-2/ quotes Rashi as saying: "By using an ayin sound rather than an alef in birkas kohanim, they change the blessing into a curse." ...
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How does saying "pasim" help us safely enunciate the name of Hashem?

I'm reading an article about the kesones pasim and birchas kohanim here, and one paragraph had me confused. The article is discussing the portion of the yehi ratzon in which we ask Hashem to act like ...
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Can a Kohen wear striped socks?

While I tried to make the title as click-baity as possible, my question isn't limited only to striped socks. Some background information: One is not supposed to stare at the Kohanim when they do ...
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Why is Birkas Kohanim Modified on Simchas Torah

On the morning of Simchas Torah, in the synagogue I attend, we recite Birkas Kohanim during Shacharis rather than Musaf. I asked around, and was told that because many people make Kiddush before Musaf,...
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Priestly blessing for a different minyan - any need for kohen to participate?

In Israel in as shul that has two shacharis minyanim one after the other, a kohen comes in for the second minyan just as the first minyan is coming to the priestly blessing. Should this kohen perform ...
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birkat kohanim at mincha on yom hakippurim

Since the halacha is that we don't do birkat kohanim at mincha of yom hakippurim, why is the ashkenazi practice that the chazzan recites the elokeinu passage?
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If a kohen participates in a stoning is he still allowed to bless the people?

The shulchan aruch codifies that a Kohen who kills someone may not bless the people. If, in the times when the Sanhedrin administered capital punishment, a Kohen saw a situation that warranted the ...
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Quiet Birchas Kohanim

According to many mainstream authorities, the widespread practice of Ashkenazic Kohanim outside of Israel of refraining from birchas kohanim is a minhag ta'us and possibly even forbidden biblically as ...
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Birkat Kohanim in entirely Israeli minyan in chutz laaretz

According to the book Hilchot Tzava by Harav Zecharya Ben Shlomo a minyan of entirely Israeli soldiers in chutz laaretz should have the kohanim go up and duchan. What is the halachic rationale for ...
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Birkat Kohanim under the Chuppah - Source?

There is a mainly Sepharadic custom to do Birkat Kohanim under the Chuppah, but I can't seem to find a concrete source for it. In Yalkut Yosef, Sova Semachot 8:5, Rav Yitzchak Yosef merely addresses ...
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What are the requirements for the vessel used to wash the hands of the kohanim before birkas kohanim?

The hands of the kohanim are washed before birkas kohanim. Mishnah Berurah 128:21 (כא) עד הפרק - ככהן המקדש ידיו לעבודה [רמב"ם]. וע"כ כתבו האחרונים דאפשר דבעינן דוקא נטילה מכלי וכח גברא ושלא ...
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Source for skipping the Yehi Ratzon in Birchas Kohanim on Shabbos

During Birchas Kohanim, before the Kohanim answer the last part of each Brocha, the congregation says a Tefilla titled Yehi Ratzon. (Before the last Brocha from the Kohanim the Tefilla starts Ribono ...
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Birkat Kohanim by a Kohen Shatz

What is the basis for a kohen who is the shatz to do Birkat Kohanim even if there is more than one kohen present like is done in at least a few Israeli Ashkenazi communities? The Shulchan Aruch states ...
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