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Joe Flacco’s Super Bowl Success Due to a Hebrew Blessing?

Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco, recited 'Birkat Kohanim' prior to the big game

By: Kari Pickering
Published: February 6th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
Joe Flacco
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has a lot to be thankful for. The 28-year-old star athlete lead his team to Super Bowl XLVII victory last Sunday, beating the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

And what can we attribute to Flacco’s success? A polished work ethic? A routine of pre-game superstitious rituals? Or perhaps, a Hebrew blessing? Flacco’s good friend David Schottenstein taped his phone conversation with the quarterback the day before the game, giving him a traditional Hebrew blessing, in which Flacco can be heard saying “Amen” between each line. The prayer, called “Birkat Kohanim,” consists of three biblical verses, connecting three attributes of God: Mercy, Courage, and Glory.

Schottenstein wrote on his Facebook wall, ""Two weeks ago I gave my dear friend Ravens QB Joe Flacco the Kohen (ancient tribe of Jewish priests that my family belongs to) blessing of Yevorechecha before the game. Last night Joe Flacco called me at 11:30pm from his hotel room in New Orleans because he wanted the blessing again!! I wanted to wait until they won before posting the video of last nights blessing but here it is!! I'd like to think it may have played a small part in the big win! Congrats Ravens and congrats to game MVP Joe Flacco!!!"

Here's the prayer:

May the LORD bless you and guard you -
יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
("Yebhārēkh-khā Adhōnāy weyishmerēkhā ...)

May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you -
יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
("Yāʾēr Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā wiḥunnékkā ...)

May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace -
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם
("Yissā Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā wiyāsēm lekhā shālōm.")


And here's the video:
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