Saturday, February 5, 2011

Kiddush Levanah and the Davidic Dynasty


As part of Kiddush Levanah, we recite, "David, King of Israel, is alive." This may be because the Davidic dynasty will be renewed, as the moon is renewed.

Perhaps related: The Talmud (Rosh haShanah 25a) records a situation in which a code message, "David, King of Israel, is alive," was used to convey news that the new month had been declared. Rashi there notes that King David is compared to the moon.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 426:2; Biur Halachah Orach Chaim 426 ונוהגין)

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