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Receiving a Blessing

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Published: August 17, 2014

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(3) virgil funderburk, August 19, 2014 6:13 PM

love your videos and your teaching

I'm greek orthodox in religion, but love your teaching. It reminds me That G-d listens to our prayers, and that His Hand is in all things.

(2) Transcript for the Deaf, August 18, 2014 1:21 AM

transcript for deaf/hard-of-hearing Jews--part 2

It's beautiful.

It's such a beautiful moment when my husband gives a blessing, gives a bracha, to my children. And he loves it that when they are somewhere in the world, that they call up to get their bracha, to get their blessing, before Shabbat begins. It's beautiful.

Erev Yom Kippur, there is a special, long blessing that we give all of our children. Take the time. Say it. Don't just read it. Remember it. Prayer should be on our lips--at least in an audible whisper. The person beside you doesn't need to hear it, but you need to hear it. So say it aloud. Go through each one. Every Friday night and erev Yom Kippur. Or when they're going off on a trip. Put your hands on their kappies, on their heads, and give them a blessing. Everything should be safe, everything should be well.

And remember, when somebody gives you a blessing, you say amen. May the Almighty answer all your prayers. And may all your blessings come true. I'm Lori almost live.

(1) Transcript for the Deaf, August 18, 2014 1:20 AM

part 1 of 2 transcript for deaf/hard-of-hearing Jews

When somebody gives you a blessing, accept it and say 'amen'. The women that I lead to Israel, they are sometimes introduced for the first time the concept of giving a blessing, a bracha. That if somebody says to you, 'oh, everything should work out for you', or 'your mother should be well', or 'your daughter should get married', or whatever blessing they give. The Torah teaches us that a blessing even from a simple person--a beggar, a maintenance worker, and for sure a great rabbi--we should take them very seriously. But when somebody gives you a blessing, we should say amen which means 'it should be'. That yes, you are agreeing with this, that it should be in heaven, and it should come true.

Not only should you accept blessings--and you should ask people for blessings. There's an idea when you go to a wedding that the bride and groom have a special connection to Heaven that day. They're the king and queen. And you should ask them for a bracha in any area of life. And after they give you a blessing, you say amen. For sure when it comes to your children should get married or you should get married. ask them for a blessing. And after they give you the blessing, you say amen.

So not only receiving, but giving. You don't have to be this incredible person in order to bless somebody. You can give blessings. Every Friday night, you have an opportunity, for those of you who have children, to bless your children. You're thinking, well they're not around: they're out, or they're away at college or you're not home. Bless them anyway.

My husband says that blessings are like Superman. They go through walls. They cross time zones. They will reach them. You are changing something in Heaven by putting that blessing out into the world. (transcript continued in part 2)

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