Sanctification over Wine for Rosh Chodesh

V’hayah midey-chodesh b’chodsho
Vesas libchem
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 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 and Rosh Chodesh morning as well as Kiddush Levanah. Used by permission of the author.

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