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Birkat Cohanim

.Birkat Cohahim

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On Sunday morning, the traditional Birkat Cohanim, Blessing of the Priests, was held in the Kotel plaza. The Kotel was packed.

.Birkat Cohanim

 

 

 

.Shacharit on Sukkot at the Kotel

 

 

 

.Priestly Blessing at the Kotel

 

Next year on the Temple Mount.

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11 Responses to “Birkat Cohanim”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    This was one of the greatest experiences in my life.

  2. Are you a Cohen, Nathan Katz?

  3. Nathan Katz says:

    Katz means kohen tzedeq

  4. Are you implying that all with the name of Katz are Cohenim?

  5. Nathan Katz says:

    Rebekah Israel yes, except the wannabes.

  6. I feel like Abraham now – Just one more question…so you are saying that all Katz's are Cohenim except those that are wannabes. Isn't it a contradiction to say "all…except for those that are not" – I mean, "all" doesn't allow for any exceptions, no?

  7. Alex Shapiro says:

    By the Jewish law the Cohen title is passed from father to son. However, sometimes children, for various reasons, take the family name of a mother. In such a case they are not Cohanim, whether they bear the family names of Cohen, Katz, Kagan, etc.

  8. Next year a sukkah of peace.

  9. Nathan Katz says:

    Yes, Alex, there are many anomalous reasons why someone named Katz or Cohen might not be a kohen. Foremost among these was the desire to avoid the Czar's army, and as Russian Orthodox priests were exempt, often so were kohamin. There are also halakhic reasons, but no need to delve in that!

  10. Ellis Katz says:

    embarrassing but I did not know there was a special blessing for the Cohans

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