Monday, May 17, 2010

When to bless our children


At what point during the Friday night meal do we bless our children?

Customs vary, but R' Eliezer Papo, in his Pele Yoetz, made a good case for doing it after kiddush. He noted the Zohar's statement, "When one wishes to bless his friend or child, he must first bless Gd; if he does not bless Gd first then the blessing will not be upheld."

This idea is also reflected in the sages' criticism of Malki Tzedek for the order of his praise for Avraham and Gd in Bereishit 14:19-20.

Have a great day and Chag Sameach,

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