V’hayah midey-chodesh b’chodsho
V’atzmoteychem kadesheh tifrachnah
N’vareykh et eyn hachayim
Matzmichat p’ri hagefen
Unkadeysh et rosh hachodesh
Ba’arigat p’tiley chayeynu
L’tokh masechet hadorot.
It shall come to be from one month to the next
That your hearts will rejoice
And your bones will flower like young grass.
After Isaiah 66:23, 14
Let us bless the source of life
that ripens fruit on the vine
as we hallow the The new moon, which marks the beginning of the Jewish month. According to tradition, because women did not participate in the sin of the golden calf, they were given the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. It is customary for women not to work on Rosh Chodesh. festival,
weaving new threads
into the tapestry of tradition.
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; © 1996 Marcia Lee Falk. The Book of Blessings includes an entire section of prayers for Rosh Chodesh Eve, according to the book of Genesis, is Adam's wife, the first woman to be created. and Rosh Chodesh morning as well as The prayer recited over wine on Shabbat, holidays, and other joyous occasions. Levanah. Used by permission of the author. www.marciafalk.com