Tradition & Innovation

Blessing for Children

By Marcia Falk

The Book of Blessings, published by Marcia Falk in 1996, has become a cherished treasure of modern liturgy. The alternative blessings for daughters and sons that she offers for the Friday-evening tradition can be used for any occastion.



הֲיִי אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי וַהֲיִי בְּרוּכָה בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיִי



 _______________ (her name), 

 Hayi asher tihyi –                                       
 vahayi berukhah
 ba’asher tihyi.

Be who you are –
and may you be blessed
in all that you are. 



הֱיֵה אֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה וֶהֱיֵה בָּרוּךְ בַּאֲשֶׁר תִּהְיֶה 



 ________________ (his name),

 Heyeyh asher tihyeh –                                
 veheyeyh barukh
 ba’asher tihyeh

Be who you are –
and may you be blessed
in all that you are. 

From The Book of Blessings (Boston: Beacon Press), copyright 1996 by Marcia Lee Falk

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