Thursday, November 27, 2008

Halocho #214 - Tonight is Rosh Chodesh

Tonight (Thursday night) and tomorrow (Erev Shabbat) is Rosh Chodesh Kislev; the 9th month. On Rosh Chodesh one adds Ya'aleh Veyavo in Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals); forgetting to do so (night or day) does not require amendment. However, if one noticed the omission after finishing the third blessing - בּוֹנֶה בְּרַחֲמָיו יְרוּשָׁלָיִם - but before beginning the fourth blessing, there is a special blessing that is to be said before proceeding:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
אֲשֶׁר נָתַן רָאשֵׁי חֳדָשִׁים לְעַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל לְזִכָּרוֹן
Many Sidurim include this blessing. If one does not know this blessing, one may proceed as usual, omitting it. Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 44:13 Chodesh Tov and Shabbat Shalom, - Danny Thursday, 29 Marcheshvan 5769 Shabbat-related posts can be reviewed at
Please daven for a complete recovery for Avigayil bat Tamar who was hit by a car and is in a great deal of pain

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