Judaism: What Is a Blessing?

Yet we often do ask for a blessing from others; receiving the blessing of a person we respect or admire–often our parents, whether or not they are even alive–can have immense power and significance for us. After witnessing one person bless another, the poet Dan Bellm wrote: “I thought about this scene for a long time afterward, wondering, ‘What is a blessing?’ and really wanting one. Was this only an exchange between two people, or was something more present-something else? When people meet closely and truly, when a person blesses another, is God present? What is a blessing?

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