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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy.

Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile.

Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed.


Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon!
More articles on Kiddush Levanah from our knowledgebase.

Daily Thought

There is more than one form of light. Stare at a flame and you will see.

Close to the wick burns a dark light—the light of carbon burning.

Further from the wick is a bright, dancing light—the light of fire shining.

In life, too, there is a dark light. From your struggle with bitter, hard times, you grow and learn.

Out of that dark light a bright light shines. Having tasted bitterness, you now dance with the sweet joy of a mitzvah.