Shabbat and Holiday Blessings: Blessing over Children

Place your hands on the head of the child and recite:

Hebrew Text

יְשִׂמֵךְ אֱלֹהִים כְּשָׂרָה, כְּרִבְקָה, כְּרָחֵל, וּכְלֵאָה.

Transliteration

Y'simeich Elohim k'Sarah, k'Rivkah, k'Rachel, ooch'Leah.

Translation

May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

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Hebrew Text

יְשִׂמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַֽיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה.

Transliteration

Y'simcha Elohim k'Efrayim v'chi-Menasheh.

Translation

May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

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Hebrew Text

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ.
יָאֵר יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶֽיךָ וִיחֻנֶּֽךָּ.
יִשָּׂא יְיָ פָּנָיו אֵלֶֽיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם.

Transliteration

Y'varechecha Adonai v'yish'm'recha.
Ya-er Adonai panav eilecha vichuneka.
Yisa Adonai panav eilecha
v'yaseim l'cha shalom.

Translation

May God Bless you and keep you.
May God's light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.
May you feel God's Presence within you always, and may you find peace.

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It is traditional to bless children each Shabbat and on every holiday.

Source

From Miskhan T'filah: A Reform Siddur  © 2007 by CCAR Press. All rights reserved.