Blessing the Children: To bless a boy, a girl, or both.

Place your hands on the child’s head and say: 



For a boy:

blessing for boys

Y’sim-cha Eh-lo-him k’Ephra’im v’chi-M’nasheh.


May God inspire you to live in the tradition of

Ephraim and Menasheh.



For a girl:
blessing for girls

Y’si-meich Eh-lo-him k’Sarah, k’Rivka, k’Rachel, u-chi-Lei-ah.


May God inspire you to live like Sarah,

Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah.



For both boys and girls:
blessing both children

Y’va-reh-ch’cha Adonai v’yish-m’reh-cha.

Ya-eir Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha vi-chu-neh-ka.

Yisa Adonai pa-nav ei-leh-cha v’ya-seim l’cha sha-lom.


May God bless you and keep you.

May God’s light shine upon you, and may God be gracious to you.

May you feel God’s Presence within you always, and may you find peace.