Thursday, January 27, 2011

Looking at the moon during Kiddush Levanah


There is some debate as to whether one should look at the moon, and how much to do so, after beginning Kiddush Levanah. The concern seems to be for the appearance of moon-worship.

Certainly, one looks at the moon before beginning the berachah. After that, though, some continue to look, and others specifically look away. Consult your local rabbi to determine the custom of your community.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 426:2; Mishneh Berurah 426:13)

Have a great day,

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