Rosh Chodesh

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Rosh Chodesh
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  • Kiddush Levanah
    Can I be mekadeish the levanah when there is just a slight cloud cover? Am I permitted to be mekadeish the levanah either before it gets fully dark or during the post-dawn, pre-sunrise morning hours? Did the Rif not write on this topic? Why not?
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    The First Month and Renewal
    We are responsible for providing new understandings of the Torah every day in accordance with the changing times. “God renews the act of creation on a daily basis.”
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    Missing Davening on Rosh Choedsh
    If I missed Davening Shacharit and Moosaf can I make them both up by Mincha?
  • Using the Hebrew Calendar
    There are some people, in Israel for the most part, who oppose the use of the Gregorian calendar in their every-day interactions, and choose to use the Jewish calendar instead. Let us delve into and explain the importance of the Jewish calendar.
  • 18. The Proper Time for Birkat Ha-levana
    Many Rishonim maintain that the time for reciting Birkat Ha-levana begins on the first day the moon is visible. Several poskim, however, posit that it is preferable to wait until the moon grows somewhat, when it is possible to benefit from its light.
  • 17. Seeing the New Moon
    We recite Birkat Ha-levana over the new moon at night, because that is when it is clearly visible and one can benefit from its light. If one recites the berakha when the moon is covered by clouds he has not fulfilled his obligation, because he cannot benefit from its light.
  • 16. The Laws of Reciting Birkat Ha-levana Joyously
    Because of the lofty idea that the moon’s renewal represents, Birkat Ha-levana has been hallowed to the point that one who recites it is viewed as if he is greeting the Shekhina (Divine Presence).
  • 15. The Meaning of Birkat Ha-levana
    In Birkat Ha-levana (the Berakha of the Moon), we thank God for creating the moon, from whose light we benefit at night.
  • 14. Torah Reading and Musaf
    In honor of Rosh Ĥodesh we call up four people to the Torah. The passage that we read first describes the daily burnt offering, followed by the special Rosh Ĥodesh offerings.
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