Midweek Message

Season of Pentecost – Monday, June 8

Jim Hopkins

June 7, 2020

A Blessing To Begin The Week

The Eternal bless you and protect you!
The Eternal deal kindly and graciously with you!
The Eternal bestow [divine] favor upon you and grant you peace!
(Num. 6:24-7)

Consider the elegant symmetry of the triplet. Notice the parallelism of the opening phrases and how each contains two blessings. But, at the same time, observe how the verses in Hebrew as we read from right to left increase in length, from three to five to seven words:

In The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky interprets this literary technique as a sign that God’s abundant blessings expand over time (p. 829)

One Way To Make Change:
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