Shabbat and Holiday Blessings: Blessing over Children

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

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

Blessing for children

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

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

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

May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

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

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.