On the first of Shevat of the year 2488
from creaion Moses convened the Jewish people and began the 37-day "review of
the Torah" contained in the Book of Deuteronomy, which he
concluded on the day of his passing on Adar 7 of that year.
Today is Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the Month”) for the month of Shevat.
Special portions are added to the daily prayers: Hallel (Psalms 113-118) is recited—in its “partial” form—following the Shacharit morning prayer, and the Yaaleh Veyavo prayer is added to the Amidah and to Grace After Meals; the additional Musaf prayer is said (when Rosh Chodesh is Shabbat, special additions are made to the Shabbat Musaf). Tachanun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.
Many have the custom to mark Rosh Chodesh with a festive meal and reduced work activity. The latter custom is prevalent amongst women, who have a special affinity with Rosh Chodesh—the month being the feminine aspect of the