What is the Priestly Blessing?

The Priestly Blessing, or Birkat Kohanim in Hebrew, is Judaism’s most ancient prayer, with a powerful mystical and protective tradition. It has been part of Jewish worship and prayer for thousands of years, and continues to bring spiritual and emotional meaning, and capture the artistic imagination, to this day. Origins of the Priestly Blessing This special prayer’s origins are […]

17th of Tammuz: Mourning Jerusalem

Thursday, July 6, 2023, marks the Fast of the 17th day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, a very somber date in the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the Roman attack on the city of Jerusalem in 70 CE and the breach of the walls of the city – which would ultimately lead to the destruction of […]