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Prayer for the New Month – Tefillat haChodesh

By Marcia Falk
crescent moon in a starry cloudy sky

 

יְהִי רָצוֹן שֶׁיִּתְחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ חֹדֶשׁ ______________ לְטוֹבָה וְלִבְרָכָה, לְשָׂשׂוֹן וּלְשִׂמְחָה, לְשָׁלוֹם וְאחֲוָה, רֵעוּת וְאַהֲבָה, לַעֲבוֹדָה וִיצִירָה, פַּרְנָסָה וְכַלְכָּלָה, לְשַׁלְוַת הַנֶּפֶש, וּבְרִיאוּת הַגּוּף, לַחַיִּים שֶׁל דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ, וְאַהֲבַת תּוֹרָה, לְחַיִּים שֶׁיִּמָלוּ בָּם, מִשְׁאֲלוֹת לִבְּנוּ לִבֵּנוּ לְטוֹבָה, כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן
 

May the month of ________ (name the new month)
be a month of blessings:

blessings of goodness,
blessings of joy,

peace and kindness,
friendship and love,

creativity, strength,
serenity,

fulfilling work
and dignity,

satisfaction, success,
and sustenance,

physical health
and radiance.

May truth and justice
guide our acts

and compassion
temper our lives

that we may blossom
as we age

and become
our sweetest selves.

May it be so.

 

Y'hi ratzon sheyitchadeysh aleynu
chodesh _________ (name of the new month)

l'tovah v'livrakhah,
l'sason ul'simchah,

l'shalom v'achavah,
rey'ut v'ahavah,
la'avodah vitzirah,
parnasah vekhalkalah,

l'shalvat hanefesh
uvri'ut haguf,

l'chayim shel derekh eretz
v'ahavat torah,
l'chayim sheyimal'u bam
mish'a lot libeynu l'tovah.

Keyn y'hi ratzon.

Excerpted from The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath and the New Moon Festival; Harper, 1996; paperback edition, Beacon, 1999; Copyright 1996 Marcia Lee Falk. The Book of Blessings includes an entire section of prayers for Rosh Chodesh eve and Rosh Chodesh morning as well as Kiddush Levanah. Used by permission of the author. www.marciafalk.com

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