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There was a young man who wanted to learn the secret of happiness. He sought out the advice of a wise man, who was too busy to talk with him at that moment but gave him a task: walk around and carry a spoon with two drops of oil and be careful to not let them spill. Listen to find out how this seemingly strange assignment taught the boy an important lesson.
These comforting words can be said on behalf of those who are ill. Whether friends or loved ones are struggling with physical, emotional or spiritual challenges, this prayer speaks to our desire for their healing.
As we gather this Shabbat, each in our own communities, we are united by the grief and anguish we feel over the destruction of homes and lives by fire this week.
It is traditional to bless children each Shabbat and on every holiday. The Priestly Blessing, or Birkat Kohanim, comes from the Book of Numbers in Torah and, as a three-fold blessing, asks for the recipient or community to be blessed with grace, blessing and peace.