[This] practice is most useful for those brief moments of aggravation when someone cuts me off on the freeway, jumps a line, makes a hurtful comment — the little things that raise the blood pressure much higher than warranted. The moment I catch myself thinking what a jerk that person is, I sing silently (or aloud, if the situation permits) the first line of the priestly blessing in the Torah: Y'varekh'kha Adonai v'yish'm'rekha — May the Eternal One bless you and protect you! (Num. 6:24). Though it is called a "priestly" blessing, there is nothing that says we ordinary folk can't wish the same goodness for each other. The magic is not in priesthood or even in the words. The magic is in the effect it has on my own being the moment I say the words: I have let go of my anger and my mind is back in synagogue on Yom Kippur, savoring the moment when we have confessed our shortcomings and shared the peace of that beautiful blessing. While my mind is thus occupied, the culprit has time to make a clean getaway, and I am free to get on with the day without giving the encounter another thought.

Kathleen Schmitt Elias in Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflectiosn from Christian and Jewish Sources by Kathleen Schmitt, Jamal Rahman, Ann Holmes Redding