Congregants > The Priestly Blessing
Tefilot: ʻal derekh ha-kabalah.
Manuscript in Hebrew on paper.
Italy, ca. 18th century.
MS X893 J73825
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
In kabbalistic traditions, the priestly blessing, recited by the kohen at various times during the year (depending on rite) involves complex spiritual ramifications. The shekhina, the presence of God, is said to appear between the hands of the kohanim, and thus it is forbidden to look at their hands during the prayer. This kabbalistic prayer book illustrates the position of the kohen’s hands during the priestly blessing.
Gift of Congregation Temple Emanu-El, 1892.