Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh

Blessing of the New Moon

On the last Shabbat of the Hebrew month, the cantor stands with the Torah scroll in his or her arms, and announces the day of the coming week on which the New Moon, Rosh Chodesh, will fall. The announcement is preceded and followed by particularly melodious prayers for a blessed month.

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Basics

Rosh Chodesh 101

Rosh Chodesh 101

Brush up on the basics of Rosh Chodesh, the new Jewish month.

Blessing the New Moon

The ritual of blessing the moon is not widely practiced--but carries deep spiritual meaning.

Women

Women

Women

Women's association with the new moon dates far back in history.

Moon

Celebrating the new moon has special significance for women.


Traditions & Rituals

Rosh Chodesh Groups

Rosh Chodesh Groups

Starting and growing a Rosh Chodesh group.

Resources

A list of sourcebooks for Rosh Chodesh groups.

History

Yom Kippur Katan

Yom Kippur Katan

A fast day associated with the new moon.

Traditional Texts

Gleanings from the Torah and rabbinic literature about Rosh Chodesh.

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