Rosh Chodesh– (Literal Translation: Head of the Month)
Rosh Chodesh is the beginning of a new month in the Jewish calendar. Tonight, Monday August 21st until Wednesday night, August 23rd is Rosh Chodesh for the Hebrew month of Elul- the 6th month of the Jewish Calendar year.
In the Evening Service for Monday beginning on page 232, add Ya’aleh v’Yavoh (May there rise and come) to the Silent Devotion (shaded paragraph on page 244)
During the entire Rosh Chodesh, 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)
Additional Prayers for the 1st and 2nd Day of Rosh Chodesh-Tuesday & Wednesday Aug 22-23
– In the Morning Service 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 (delete second paragraphs on pages 634 and 636)
– Add special Torah reading
– 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 (May there rise and come) to the Silent Devotion (shaded paragraph on page 244)
– In the Evening service for Tuesday beginning on page 232, add Ya’aleh v’Yavoh (May there rise and come) to the Silent Devotion (shaded paragraph on page 244)
All the above prayers are repeated for Wednesday, the second day of Rosh Chodesh morning and afternoon services
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.
During the month of Elul, as we get closer to the High Holidays:
– We blow a few sounds of the Shofar on weekdays at the end of Morning Services to remind us that
– It is time to contemplate repentance and self-improvement
– We recite Psalm 27 at the end of Morning (page 170) and Evening Services (middle of page 282)
Have a great Chodesh- a great month!
Please join us for our special High Holiday Services!
Any questions? Please call Rabbi Czapnik at the Jewish Learning Exchange at 323.857.0923