In this parsha (Naso), birkas Kohanim comes up. The second part of it, ya’er Hashem panav eilecha vichuneka, means: May Hashem cause his face to shine toward you, and give you grace.

R’ Shimshon Raphael Hirsch explains that the word vichuneka in German, translated to English, means a spiritual endowment or gift. The gift is that we can be spiritually gifted by Hashem like in atah chonein l’adam da’at, or “you give knowledge to man as a gift (chein).”

So in birkas Kohanim, the Kohanim are asking Hashem to give us the gift of understanding His Torah, which is the wisdom of Hashem.


[Source: Rav Schwab on Prayer, page 81]