Blessing for Children

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The Book of Blessings, published by Marcia Falk in 1996, has become a cherished treasure of modern liturgy. The alternative blessings for daughters and sons that she offers for the Friday-evening tradition can be used for any occastion.


הֲיִי אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי וַהֲיִי בְּרוּכָה בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי

 _______________ (her name), 

 Hayi asher tihyi –
vahayi berukhah
ba’asher tihyi.

Be who you are –
and may you be blessed
in all that you are. 


הֱיֵה אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה וֶהֱיֵה בָּרוּךְ בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה 

 ________________ (his name),

 Heyeyh asher tihyeh –
veheyeyh barukh
ba’asher tihyeh

Be who you are –
and may you be blessed
in all that you are. 

From The Book of Blessings (Boston: Beacon Press), copyright 1996 by Marcia Lee Falk

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