Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar. Tonight, Tuesday April 25th until Thursday evening April 27th is Rosh Chodesh for the Hebrew month of Iyar –the second of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar year.
On Rosh Chodesh work is permitted, though as a special day for Jewish women, women should work less than a regular weekday. No fasting or eulogies allowed. It is not required but appropriate to have a special meal in honor of Rosh Chodesh.
– In the Evening Service tonight beginning on page 256 in the Artscroll prayerbook. Add Ya’aleh v’Yavoh (May there rise and come) for Rosh Chodesh to Silent Devotion (shaded paragraph pg. 274).
– During the entire Rosh Chodesh, the prayer Ya’aleh v’Yavoh is also added at the conclusion of a meal with bread in the Grace After Meals beginning on page 183 (shaded paragraph, top of page 190)
– In the Morning Service tomorrow beginning on page 12, the same prayer is added to the Silent Devotion, shaded paragraph, middle of page 110
– Tachanun on page 132 is not recited
-Add abridged Hallel (Psalms of Praise) pages 632-top of 642 (omit second paragraphs on pages 634 and 636)
– Add special Torah reading from Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:1-15
– Add special Supplemental Service (pages 644-652)
– Add Borchi Nafshi Psalm 104 on page 172
– In the Afternoon Service beginning on page 232, add Ya’aleh v’Yavoh, the shaded paragraph on the top of page 244
-In the Evening Service, repeat as you did for Monday night
FOR THE SECOND DAY OF ROSH CHODESH, Wednesday night through Thursday April 27th
Repeat the same for Evening Service, Morning Service and Afternoon Service
Special days in Iyar: Continue to count the Omer
4th day of Iyar, May 1st—Memorial Day for fallen Israeli soldiers
14th day of Iyar, May 10th – Pesach Sheni
18th day of Iyar, May 14th – Lag B’Omer
28th day of Iyar-May 24th – Yom Yerushalayim, celebrating the 50th year of the Reunification of Jerusalem
Have a great Chodesh– a great month!