Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Topic: Rosh Chodesh


Today we begin a new topic: Rosh Chodesh.

Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the lunar month, is identified in the Torah as a special day; special korbanot were brought in the Beit haMikdash on that day, and there were celebratory gatherings as well (see Melachim II 4:23).

Despite this special status, one may perform melachah on Rosh Chodesh, although some women do have a custom of marking Rosh Chodesh by refraining from all or some kinds of melachah.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 417:1; Mishneh Berurah 417:3)

Have a great day,

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