Birkat-Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing

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Please Note: On this site I will show the four letter blessed *“Memorial Name” of the Almighty in Ivrit - - Y-H-V-H, which we usually pronounce as “Adonai” or “HaShem”. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say blessed be His Sanctified Name.”


*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.



On this site I will mostly use a version based on the “Jewish Publication Society” Tanakh (JPS version)

Birkat Kohanim

(The Priestly Blessing)

We all know well the “Birkat Kohanim”, the “Priestly blessing”, which is found in Be’midbar - Numbers chapter 6, verses 24 to 26, But there is a very powerful verse that follows these three verses in verse 27, which is sadly completely ignored, and it contains a powerful instruction from Elohim, blessed be He!

The question is what was that instruction, in order that Elohim would bless us? Well I will come to that shortly, but it is all to do what priests and rabbis so long ago have abolished for reasons that go against everything we have been told by our beloved Creator, and that is why you will see His most beloved four letter Name in Ivrit on these pages, as well I refuse to use the page word and name of god. And give it redid, by adding that g-d bit.  You need to know and understand that our beloved Elohim and that particular word is NOT a name, but an attribute, and a title, and it tell us what and who He is! Whilst YAH -  or YHVH -  is His actual Name, blessed be His Sanctified Name! See the Link at the bottom of the Page re a comprehensive Torah based study on this matter!

Did you note that each verse, No’s 24, 25 and 26 commences with  - YHVH and there must be an obvious reason for this. The truth is that NOTHING is written without a specific reason in our beloved Torah, and Our beloved Elohim, blessed be He gave these wonderful Word to Moshe Rabbeinu in this manner for a specific reason!

And when we come to that final verse, No 27, we will understand what it is all about, for it is about placing His Name upon us, in order for us to be blessed! However, sadly due to the rabbis of old, we are no longer being blessed by the Name of our beloved Elohim, but as you will come to know instead it is by the name of a pagan god. It very clearly stated in Yeshayahu - Isaiah 65:11 …

“But you are those who forsake  , who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for Gad (the Syrio-Babylonian god of fortune), and who furnish a drink offering for Meni (the god of destiny)” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 65:11.

Strangely enough the JPS version of the Tanakh translates it a little differently.

“But ye that forsake  , that forget My holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune (in Ivrit - Hebrew it is written as: ‘Gad’), and that offer mingled wine in full measure unto Destiny (again in Ivrit it is: ‘Meni’)” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 65:11 (JPS Tanakh version).

But, do you not think it is very strange that the name “Gad” or “Fortune” was for a strange reason written with a capital ‘F’ and “Meni” or “Destiny” with a capital ‘D’, I found this very puzzling.

The words of the prophet Yeshayahu - Isaiah demonstrated very clearly the widespread worship of that false deity whose name was “Gad,” which Judah had apparently embraced at that time along with another false deity named “Meni.” You may have also noted that Elohim’s “holy mountain” somehow received no capitals at all, which I found rather strange indeed. Ask yourselves the question, why suddenly honour these two pagan individuals with Capitals?

The evil name of “Baal-gad” is also mentioned in Yahushua - Joshua 11:17 as well as in other books. This Syrian idol Gad was considered to be a very powerful deity who was supposed to control the planet Jupiter, which was a part of ancient Semitic worship and it was later embraced by many successive nations, including Greece, as well as in Rome, for in Roman mythology, Jupiter is the ruler of all the gods, the son of the god Saturn, whom he overthrew. Thus in Rome this “Gad” or “God” was a powerful god indeed and the word we know is in reality the name of this pagan so-called deity. But the point is, how did we end up using this pagan god’s name as our Elohim’s, blessed be He, attribute, and even had the audacity to claim that it was His name? And then these rabbis even honoured that evil name and took out the ‘o’ and placed a dash ‘-’ in it saying that this would honour our Elohim, and that was simply beyond belief, for sadly we Yisroel have been led up the garden path for so long and it is time that we are told the blessed truth from Elohim’s blessed Torah.

“And  (YHVH) spoke unto Moshe - Moses, saying:

‘Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying: On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them:

 bless thee, and keep thee;

 make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;

 lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

So shall they put My Name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them’”

Be’midbar - Numbers 6: 22 - 27 (Jewish Publication Society - JPS version).

“My Memorial unto all generations”:

“And Elohim said moreover unto Moshe: ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: , the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchak, and the Elohim of Ya’akov, hath sent me unto you; this is My Name forever - , and this is My memorial unto all generations” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.

The Ivrit word “Le’olam” - “Forever”

The rabbis have said that the Name had to be concealed on the basis that the word “forever,” which in Ivrit (Hebrew) is “le’olam” they say is written defective, for they claim that it is written without the letter “Vav” - . Does this argument stand up against the other writings in the Tanakh? No it certainly does not. The following verses are just a few examples, where the word “le’olam” does not have the letter “Vav,” between the letter ayin  and the lamed -  yet it clearly means “forever” - “eternal”.

“Remember Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yisroel, Thy servants, to whom Thou didst swear by thine own self, and saidst unto them: I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it forever - (Heb: Le’olam - )” Shemot - Exodus 32:13 (JPS).

“For I lift My hand to heaven, and say, ‘As I live forever - (Heb: Le’olam - )’” Davarim - Deuteronomy 32:40 (JPS).

“He shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever (Heb: le’olam).” 2 Shmuel - 2 Samuel 7:13.

“But Thou, O  (Y-H-V-H), art on high for evermore - (Heb: Le’olam  )” Tehillim - Psalms 92:8

This is My Name forever” (Shemot - Exodus 3:15), means exactly what it says “FOREVER - Eternally!” How do we know this? Check the next statement by the Almighty, “this is My remembrance (Heb: zichri/zecher) from generation to generation.” As the Torah says that we are to “remember (the Name) … from generation to generation.”

Thus why did these rabbis so long ago decide to “conceal it Elohim’s blessed Name?” The sad truth is to “conceal” opposes “remembrance” and that is how the adversary’s works in people, who are moving away from the facts and truth of the Torah, and decide they can write their own laws, which they did!

Based on these rabbis arguing the point that they could not possibly say that “olam,” without the “Vav” does not mean “forever” - “eternal.” If they continue to hold to that concept, they will be in fact denying that our beloved - “Elohim of Avraham, the Elohim of Yitzchak, and the Elohim of Ya’akov” is (NOT) Le’olam -   - Eternal” (Shemot - Exodus 3:15 - JPS).

Due to the great error made by these rabbis so long ago, the most Sanctified Name has tragically no longer been used since before the Second Temple days, therefore they have broken Elohim’s, blessed be He, commandments, for did He not very clearly tell us;

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of   your Elohim which I command you” Davarim - Deuteronomy 4:2 - JPS.

“Ye shall observe to do therefore as   your Elohim hath commanded you; ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the way which   your Elohim hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess” Davarim - Deuteronomy 5:28-29 - JPS. (verses 32-33 in other non Jewish editions).

It could well be asked, due to men, be they priests or rabbis. having made massive changes to the most sacred word of Elohim, His Torah, and it did not go well with us, in addition we were scattered to the four corners of the earth due to them changing His Torah, and later by almost hiding the genuine Torah Mitzvah’s with thousands of man-made laws which have no value whatsoever, just the folly of overzealous men.

The most important of Elohim’s Names is the four-letter Name   represented by the Hebrew letters Yod - Heh - Vav - Heh (Y-H-V-H). It is often referred to as the ineffable Name, the unutterable Name, or the distinctive Name. Linguistically, it is related to the Hebrew root Heh-Yod-Heh (to be), and reflects the fact that Elohim’s existence is eternal.

In the Tanakh, this Name is used when discussing Elohim’s relation with human beings, and when emphasizing His qualities of loving-kindness and mercy. It is frequently shortened to “Yah” , or “Yahu”, etc, especially when used in combination with names or phrases, as in “Yahoshua”, being the Hebrew for “Joshua”. His name means. “YaH -  is my Salvation,” Eliyahu, Elijah, means “my Elohim is YaH - , and HalleluYah is “praise YaH - .”

Interestingly the Hebrew number 15, which in Hebrew is based on the Alphabet and Aleph = 1. Beth = 2, etc, but 15 is written officially as “Yud-Heh” (being 10 and 5 = 15), however ultra orthodox Jews write it as “Tet-Vav” (9 + 6 = 15), because Yud-Heh is part of the Holy Name of Elohim (Yah - ), blessed be His Sanctified Name.

“And thou shalt love  thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” Devarim - Deuteronomy 6:5 (JPS).

“But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell securely, and shall be quiet without fear of evil” Mashley Shlomo - Proverbs 1:33 (JPS).

As you go forth in your life, may the Spirit of  Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified, touch and change your life abundantly, and may your life be full of everything that is good!

In conclusion I pray that this study has blessed you with some clarification of what His Torah and the whole of the Tanakh has for us, for remember what Elohim says is not meant to be difficult, it is in fact far more simple than what it is made out to be, and thus it is also more beautiful and be assured it is full of wonderful treasures!

May …

 bless thee, and keep thee;

 make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;

 lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

And please remember our motto which is seen on the logo at very the top of this page: “The More Torah, the More Life”, for  Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is the one who gave us Life!”

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

 Please Read the following Study …

The Sacred Name of Elohim


Wishing you and your Mishpacha or Mesbucha (family) Shalom and may the Peace of Elohim, blessed be He, fill you, your family and your home!

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.


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Please Note: On many pages of this site, we will use the four letter *“Memorial Name” of the Almighty in Ivrit -  - Y-H-V-H, which we Jews usually pronounce as “HaShem” or “Adonai”. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say “blessed be His Sanctified Name.”


*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.


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