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Naftali Silberberg

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Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Chaya Mushka, and their three children.
Good question. There is a mitzvah in the Torah for a kohen to bless the Jewish people every day with upraised hands. This is called Birkat Kohanim (“Blessing of the Priests”) or Nesiat Kapaim (“Raising the Palms”). This mitzvah is not restricted to Temple...
To bless, we must love, and to be blessed is to know that we are loved by the One vaster than the universe.
a. The verse states (Psalms 81:4), “Blow the shofar at the moon's renewal, at the time appointed (bakeseh) for our festive day.” The word bakeseh also means “hidden.” From this our sages infer that the time of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah is meant to be s...
Question: I recently discovered that the famous Vulcan salute is actually a Jewish symbol. Is that true? If so, what does it mean? Response: Yes, the Vulcan salute is an authentic imitation of the manner by which Cohanim spread their hands in most congreg...
The priestly blessing empowers us to make a three-step climb.
Understanding Relationships
Relationships seem to be an enigma. Uncovering the quintessential relationship between G-d and man, which mirrors our very own marriages, sheds light on this most challenging topic.
One of the Kohanim in our synagogue this past Shavuot is not a regular attendee. That’s alright, of course; every Jew is welcome in shul, no matter how often you visit and no one is marking attendance. He’d brought his family for the reading of the 10 Com...
During the recent Jewish holidays, I noticed that when the priestly blessing, the birkat kohanim, is being sung, the congregation says a prayer to “transform” their bad dreams into good dreams. Why pray for them specifically during the holidays?
According to chassidic teachings, Yom Kippur falling on Shabbat doesn’t “deprive” us of the pleasures which Shabbat normally affords us. Rather the extremely holy nature of Yom Kippur accomplishes the same objective . . .
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