Unlike feel-good affirmations common in self-help guides, blessings carry a powerful and intimate message anchored in the recognition of the divine nature of being. Meditation teacher Yael Shy writes: “Giving blessings is a very active practice, and a slightly presumptuous one — bringing holiness into space between human beings.”

The call for G-d’s face to rise toward us makes us feel seen and supported, elevating our own faces.

Originally published in Atlanta Jewish Times by Marita Anderson. To read more click here.