Aug 5, 2015

Moises Nigri: A Deeper Look (Blessing the Children)

by Moises Nigri

Translated from Portuguese

The Shabbat mitzvah that enchants me the most is blessing my children. We learn from our patriach Ya’akov that a blessing carries the most sincere feelings of the person giving the blessing. When I have my children standing before me at the Shabbat table, I am overcome by a feel of tremendous power as I give them blessings that are filled with love.

As I place my hands on my children’s head, I realise that I am able to pass positive energies to each child, encouraging them to grow in the Torah’s path, to practice goodness and to live up to their potential. After I bless each child, I take a moment to share a personal wish that I have for each of them. Each child reacts in their own way, often blessing me back. The feeling of unconditional love between myself, the parent, and my child is palpable in this moment.

This is a unique opportunity that is given to us by G-d every week. I find it difficult to find the words that can adequately express how gratifying it is to fill our Shabbat table with the energy that these blessings bring.

Original Text

Uma das mitzvot de shabat que mais me emociona é abençoar os filhos no momento do kidush. Sinto um poder imenso ao transmitir amor através de uma benção que, como aprendemos de nosso patriarca Yaacov, carrega os sentimentos mais verdadeiros e sinceros.

Eu, pessoalmente, vejo nessa mitzva especial a oportunidade de passar energias para cada filho crescer no caminho da Torá e praticar o bem. Ao final da bracha, eu passo um desejo particular a cada filho, que é recebido por eles de forma individualizada. Cada um reage de um jeito único a essa troca de energias, enxergando da sua maneira o amor incondicional entre pais e filhos.

Essa oportunidade que Hashem nos da toda semana é um presente. Me faltam palavras para expressar o quão gratificante é poder iluminar a mesa de Shabat com o amor sincero que essa Bracha irradia.

Moises Nigri

Moises Nigri, Director of the Jewish Federation of São Paulo, CFO of Bnei Akiva and president of Ten Yad Beneficent Institution for 13 years, is an active member of São Paulo's Jewish community. With an education in civil engineering, Nigri now works in real estate property management.

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