Shabbat Shalom!

I love this blessing and thought you might like to see the Hebrew for this powerful prayer. Moshe was instructed by YHWH to have Aharon and his sons bless the children of Yisra’el with this in order that YHWH Himself could bless them. Personally, I find this to be a beautiful way to begin our Shabbat and bless my wife and children every erev Shabbat. The Birkat Kohanim is found in B’midbar (Numbers) 6:22-27

Y’varekhekha YHWH v’yishmerekha

YHWH bless you and guard you;

Yaer YHWH panaiv eleikha vichunneka

YHWH make His face shine upon you, and show favor to you;

Yissa YHWH panaiv eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom

YHWH lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.

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Yerushalyim is on the horizon! As of this writing I am less than three weeks away from beginning a trip to a land that I have longed to see since my conversion began. It was only a short time ago that I was thinking I might never get the chance to daven at the Kotel. Now it’s so close I can almost touch it!

YHWH’s blessings are truly amazing! He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. All we have to do is trust in Him and realize we are His servants not vice-versa. I will be bringing my camera with me so when I return I hope to have a collection of pictures to show you, along with plenty of new post topics.

We will also have the privilege of being at Mount Sinai on Shavu’ot (Festival of Weeks). What a joy it will be to stand at the mountain where Mosheh and Yisra’el received the Torah from the voice of YHWH Himself! I have to admit when I first learned of our itinerary I was disappointed that we would not be in Yerushalyim for Shavu’ot. Then when I learned we would be at Mount Sinai I had to stop and thank YAH for his greatness! Our Father loves us so much and looks out for our welfare even when we aren’t looking. I wonder if when I meet Him, He will tell me of all the instances where He guided and protected me while I wasn’t paying attention?

If you haven’t read A Personal Letter yet I would ask you to take a couple of minutes and check it out. Unfortunately, we are still lacking funds to complete our payment obligations. Todah and may YHWH bless you and guard you!

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