Thursday, May 21, 2009

Halocho #331 - Blessing the month

This Shabbat is "Shabbat Mevarchim". Rosh Chodesh Sivan is on Sunday.

There's an ancient custom to bless the upcoming month on the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh, before Mussaf.

This is not to be confused with Sanctifying the Month that was done by Av Bet Din when the new moon appeared.

Nevertheless, the custom is to stand when the Chazzan announces which day(s) will be Rosh Chodesh, since the sanctification of the month was done while standing.

Source: Mishna Brura 417:1 (1)

This week's Haftarah is "Machar Chodesh" - "And Jonathan says to him (David): tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh" from Shmuel-1 20:18

Previous Shabbat-related posts can be reviewed at

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov

- Danny Thursday, 27 Iyar 5769, 42nd day of the Omer

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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