gollum
 
Reply Sun 1 Mar, 2015 08:54 am
Do Jewish rabbis hold their hands that way when giving blessings?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 1 Mar, 2015 09:54 am
@gollum,
Some Chasidim and Orthodox rabbis apparently do. That is what he has been saying in his biography for decades.
gollum
 
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Reply Sun 1 Mar, 2015 02:23 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman-

Thank you.

I think the blessing is from Numbers 6:24–26, which reads:

[24] The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
[25] The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
[26] The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

So why do those rabbis put their hand into that position?
jespah
 
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Reply Sun 1 Mar, 2015 05:40 pm
@gollum,
It resembles the Hebrew letter shin.
gollum
 
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Reply Mon 2 Mar, 2015 05:53 am
@jespah,
jespan-

Thank you.
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