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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Laws and Customs

Today is the first of the two Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") days for the month of Cheshvan (when a month has 30 days, both the last day of the month and the first day of the following month serve as the following month's Rosh Chodesh).

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 V'yavo 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). Tachnun (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 Jewish Calendar.

Links: The 29th Day; The Lunar Files

Daily Thought

The light of Chanukah transforms darkness into light.

But darkness is the absence of light. How is it possible that the absence of light could be transformed into light?

Because there is nothing without purpose, and purpose is light. It is only that some stories of our life hide their purpose, so that they appear dark.

What must you do? You must squeeze their light out of them, as one squeezes oil from an olive.

It may hurt, at times, to be squeezed this way. But then, those stories of life, too, will shine. And their light will reveal wisdom that no other light could reveal.

That is why we wait until it is dark to light the Chanukah menorah. And that is why we light them in public places.

Because, with these flames, we are igniting the darkness itself, and revealing that even the darkness is truly divine light.​