The Aaronic/priestly blessing is fairly well-known.
Most of us have read it in Numbers 6:24-26. And many of us hear it each Shabbat.
Lesser known, however, is the deeper meaning that is found
in the pictorial language of the ancient Hebrew.
Is it necessary to know and search for “the deeper meaning”? Perhaps not.
But… what beauty it adds to the picture, the message and the character of our Creator!
A few years ago, we had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Suuqiina of Indigenous Messengers International about pictorial meaning found in this blessing through the ancient, pictorial Hebrew. And it was fascinating.
I am not a Hebrew scholar (in fact, I barely know the alef-bet, so far)
but I am excited to share what I did learn during that meeting.
In my excitement, I attempted to create flashcards, of sorts,
to help “paint the picture”.
I know there are variations in the Hebrew language
so please forgive where there are mistakes.
But I hope that the general idea and the beautiful pictures still come through.
I hope that you will find it interesting and fascinating, as I did!
The flashcards below present information in the following order:
Ancient pictorial Hebrew language symbols
Name of the above symbols
Meaning found in the above symbols
Pictorial meaning of the word
May YHVH bless you…
and keep you…
YHVH make His face…
to you (upon you)…
and be gracious to you…
YHVH lift up…
and give you…
The Aaronic blessing, in pictorial meaning…
YHVH, the head of the house with His own work strengthens His own hand-
by His work He binds and overpowers the destroyer using the authority in His hand-
YHVH, the Chief Ruler, He secures life and order, His teaching strengthens,
His work secures the hedge of strengthening life-
YHVH’s strong pressing hand lifts up, His work adds living utterance,
He strengthens authority, His hand destroys chaos,
His authority covers destroying the authority attached to chaos.
Beautiful! Baruch HaShem YHVH!
Now hear it…