Physical Movement in Jewish Prayer

Speaking to God through the body.

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Other body movements are harder to understand. Some people raise their pinky fingers in the air during the Torah service, for the line “And this is the Torah that God gave to Moses”; the source and meaning of this action is unknown. Similarly mysterious is the V-shaped hand configuration used during Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing.

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Joshua Rabin

Joshua Rabin is a fourth-year rabbinical and education student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is the current President of the Rabbinical School Students' Organization at JTS.