Saturday, November 14, 2009

Preparing for the new month (Shabbat Mevorchim)


We recite a public blessing and prayer for the new month on the Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh; this is called Birkat haChodesh. [The general Ashkenazi custom is to do this for all but Rosh HaShanah.]

One reason to do this is to ensure that people will study the laws relevant to that month's special events, much as we begin studying about each Yom Tov in the weeks leading up to that Yom Tov.

(Mishneh Berurah 417:1)

Have a great day,

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