On the Shabbat prior to each Rosh Chodesh a special prayer called Birkat HaChodesh is said in the synagogue. Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he explores the origins of this prayer, it’s liturgy and relevant halachot.
Birkat HaChodesh: Lesson
In tomorrow’s class we will discuss the prayer that we say on Shabbat, “The Blessing of the New Moon.” This prayer is not discussed in the Gemarah and it is not mentioned in the discussion of the halachot of Rosh Chodesh in Shulchan Aruch. The prayer is mentioned in the work “Minhagei Maharil” which is perhaps the most significant of the medieval anthologies of Ashkenazi customs.
We will see a truly remarkable explanation for this prayer based on the Siddur of Rav Amram Gaon.
What is particularly noteworthy regarding this prayer is the fact that in it we ask Hashem to grant us all sorts of blessings in the coming month. This is noteworthy because the both the Talmud Bavli and the Talmud Yerushalmi say that we do not make requests of Hashem in the Shabbat prayers. So we will look at that aspect of the prayer in detail.
I look forward to studying with you tomorrow
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.