Rosh Hodesh

The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration.

In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Rosh Chodesh groups, meeting monthly, offer a women’s space in time. (Some men’s gatherings have begun as well, sometimes associated with kiddush levanah, celebrating the coming full moon.)

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This poem emerged from an exploration of the component words of Kislev: kis (pocket) and lev (heart)
smiling asian kid with black long hair holding a glowing heart that appears to be made out of wire with glowing lights in the background
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“Whatever is being born / In the darkened seed / Of Mar Heshvan / Is welcomed”
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“This is the month we remember the rainbow”

Heshvan, Heshvan
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Special Amidah for Iyyar, the month of healing

An Amidah for Healing

“let harvest abound in the exile without end…”

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