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Fast Days | The Three Weeks | Tisha B'Av | The Four Parshiyot | Parshat HaShavua
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Rosh Chodesh

Rav Dovid gives a daily halacha at the Wall Street Synagogue in Lower Manhattan.
This series covers Rosh Chodesh.
30 Tishrei 5771 listen Musaf Rosh Chodesh in a Leap Year (2) (11:54)
Special additions to Musaf Rosh Chodesh in a leap year.
Sources: Aruch HaShulchan OC 423:5; Elya Rabba OC 423:5; MB OC 423
29 Tishrei 5771 listen Musaf Rosh Chodesh in a Leap Year (1) (15:49)
Special additions to Musaf Rosh Chodesh in a leap year.
Sources: Aruch HaShulchan OC 423:5
8 Adar 5770 listen Birkat HaMazon on Motzei Shabbos when Sunday is Purim (16:30)
When Sunday is Rosh Chodesh, we say both retzei and ya'aleh v'yavo in birkat hamazon as shabbos ends. What about when Sunday is Purim?
Sources: OC 187:4; OC 188:10; MB 188:33
30 Cheshvan 5770 listen Tefillin on Rosh Chodesh (13:07)
When are tefillin removed for Rosh Chodesh Musaf?
Sources: OC 423:3-4; MB 423:5,7,10
22 Elul 5769 listen The Historical Events of Elul (15:14)
Why is the month of Elul a time of selichos and shofar?
Sources: Tur OC 581
27 Nissan 5769 listen Rosh Chodesh that Falls on Shabbos (14:10)
When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos, we have a special haftarah and a special musaf.
Sources: OC 425:1,3; MB 425:1-2,14-15
1 Nissan 5769 listen Rosh Chodesh Nissan; Afikomen; Kashering by Libun (14:23)
Topics for Rosh Chodesh Nissan: standing for hallel on Rosh Chodesh; sitting for hallel at the seder; eating the Afikomen; introduction to libun.
Sources: OC 422:7; MB 422:28
1 Shevat 5769 listen Various Halachot of Hallel (7:32)
1 Kislev 5769 listen Mistakes During Hallel (6:36)
If you skip a pasuk or perek during Hallel, do you need to go back and correct your mistake? If so, how?
Sources: OC 422:6; MB 422:26-27
28 Av 5768 listen Interruptions in Hallel (15:05)
The halachot of permissible and forbidden interruptions in Hallel are parallel to those of Shema and Pesukei d'Zimra.
Sources: OC 422:4-5; MB 422:21-25; Brachot 2:1
27 Av 5768 listen Reciting Hallel with the Community (14:33)
It is preferable to recite Hallel with the community; when doing so, certain verses are repeated.
Sources: OC 422:2-3; MB 422:14-20
26 Av 5768 listen The Brachot for Hallel (14:51)
The blessings recited over Hallel; half- vs. full Hallel; reciting Hallel alone vs. with a minyan.
Sources: OC 422:2; MB 422:14-16
26 Tamuz 5768 listen Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av (13:20)
On Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av, do we read the haftarah for Rosh Chodesh or for the Tlat d'Puranuta? Also: the brachot for the haftorah and musaf on Shabbos Rosh Chodesh.
Sources: OC 425:1-3; MB 425:8,15; OC 284:2; MB 284:4; OC 428:8
28 Nissan 5768 listen The Moon, the Jewish Calendar, and Free Will (16:45)
Introduction to Kiddush Levana -- the mitzvah of sanctifying the new moon.
Sources: OC 428:2; MB 428:3; OC 426:1; MB 426:1
2 Nissan 5768 listen Hallel in the Seder; Kiddush and Hallel in Maariv on Pesach (11:58)
In the middle of the Pesach Seder, we recite Hallel; in the middle of Hallel, we interrupt to eat. How can we interrupt Hallel in the middle? Also: There are two special changes in Maariv for Pesach: many communities recite Hallel, and there is no Kiddush in shul.
Sources: OC 487:3-4; Pesachim 10:1; MB 487:10,16
Dedicated for a refuah shleimah for Breina bas Frieda and Tamar bat Sigalit.
6 Adar I 5768 listen Dating Documents During a Leap Year (9:15)
How do we record the date in halachic documents during the two months of Adar in a leap year? What about the two days of Rosh Chodesh? Also: a general overview of the Jewish Calendar.
Sources: OC 427:1; MB 427:1-3
5 Adar I 5768 listen Rosh Chodesh: Leap Year, Part 2 (9:30)
In a leap year, are there any customs associated with Purim Katan, the 14th and 15th of Adar I?
Sources: OC 697:1; MB 697:3-5; Shaarei Teshuva 697:2
30 Shevat 5768 listen Rosh Chodesh: Leap Year, Part 1 (9:24)
In a leap year, are events observed in Adar 1 or Adar 2?
Sources: OC 697:1; MB 697:1-3 Shaar HaTziun 697:2
29 Shevat 5768 listen Torah Reading on Rosh Chodesh (9:30)
The order of the Torah reading, the reason for four aliyot, and the division of the aliyot on Rosh Chodesh.
Sources: OC 423:1-2; MB 423:1-3
1 Shevat 5768 listen Blessings for Hallel on Rosh Chodesh (13:30)
Halachic details regarding the proper blessing for the recitation of half-hallel, including when to make and not make a bracha on hallel.
Sources: OC 422:2; MB 422:14-16
Given as a zechut for a refuah shleima for Tamar bat Sigalit.
29 Tevet 5768 listen Accidental Inclusion of Shabbos or Rosh Chodesh in a Weekday Amidah (14:57)
What if you accidentally include ya'aleh v'yavo in a weekday amidah?
Sources: OC 108:12; MB 108:37-38
26 Tevet 5768 listen Making Up for a Forgotten Ya'aleh v'Yavo (12:57)
If ya'aleh v'yavo is forgotten on Rosh Chodesh at mincha, can you make up for it in the following ma'ariv?
Sources: OC 108:11; MB 108:34-36
1 Tevet 5768 listen The Aliyot for Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (6:33)
On Rosh Chodesh Chanukah, we read from two sifrei Torah. But how do we divide up the aliyot between Rosh Chodesh and Chanukah? Also: what if we accidentally take out only one sefer Torah or begin reading from the wrong sefer Torah?
Sources: OC 684:3; MB 684:12-18; Beur Halacha d.h. "v'Im Ta'ah; v'Im Tzarich"
28 Cheshvan 5768 listen Birkat HaMazon on Motzei Shabbos / Erev Rosh Chodesh (15:10)
Birkat HaMazon on shabbos when Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday (part 2). Do we include r'tzei for shabbos, Ya'aleh v'Yavo for Rosh Chodesh, or both?
Sources: OC 188:10; MB 188:33-34
27 Cheshvan 5768 listen Rosh Chodesh on Sunday (Part 1) (8:33)
When Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday, there is a special haftara reading. Also: Birkat HaMazon on shabbos when Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday (part 1).
Sources: OC 425:2; MB 425:9; OC 188:10; MB 188:32
30 Tishrei 5768 listen Rosh Chodesh on Shabbos (Part 2) (6:57)
Why was the Haftara for Rosh Chodesh on Shabbos chosen?
Sources: OC 625:1; MB 625:6-8; Isa. 66:23
29 Tishrei 5768 listen Rosh Chodesh on Shabbos (Part 1) (9:03)
When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos we add Ya'aleh v'Yavo, read a special Rosh Chodesh Maftir, and recite a special haftara.
Sources: OC 625:1; MB 625:1-5
Dedicated in memory of Shnuer Zalman ben Shlomo on the occasion of his yahrzeit.
1 Elul 5767 listen Hallel on Rosh Chodesh (Part 2) (9:27)
Halacha l'ma'aseh: the brachot for hallel on Rosh Chodesh; reciting hallel as an individual vs. with the community; arriving late to shul while the community is reciting hallel.
Sources: OC 422:2; MB 422:14-18
Dedicated l'ilui nishmat Perel Yetta bas Yehudah Leib on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
30 Av 5767 listen Reciting Hallel on Rosh Chodesh (8:36)
Why do we recite Hallel on Rosh Chodesh, and what are the halachot and dinim regarding the brachos?
Sources: OC 422:2; Beur Halacha d.h. "V'Korin"; MB 422:12-13
Dedicated for a refuah shleimah for Yeshua Ya'akov ben Froma.
29 Av 5767 listen Yom Kippur Katan (9:56)
Some people fast every Erev Rosh Chodesh for Yom Kippur Katan. What's it all about?
Sources: OC 417:1; MB 417:4
26 Av 5767 listen Elul, the Season of Teshuva, and L'David Ori (14:07)
Why do we recite L'David Ori during the entire month of Elul? And why is the season of teshuva so long?
Sources: Siddur HaGra
25 Av 5767 listen Rosh Chodesh Elul (11:08)
Customs of Elul: selichot, shofar, and Hashem Ori.
Sources: OC 581:1; MB 581:1-3
5 Av 5767 listen Kiddush Levana is Recited after Tisha Av; Restrictions on Meat and Wine (15:14)
Kiddush Levana is a time of joy, so it is delayed until after Tisha B'Av. Meat and wine are not eaten during the Nine Days, but what about at a seudat mitzvah?
Sources: OC 551:8,10; MB 551:54-55,63-78
1 Av 5767 listen Tragedies of the Month of Av (7:39)
Many tragedies befell the Jewish people in the month of Av, from the sin of the spies to the death of Aharon HaCohen.
Sources: OC 580:1-2; MB 580:3
1 Iyar 5767 listen Adding the Musaf Rosh Chodesh to Morning Korbanot (Part 2) (12:10)
On Rosh Chodesh, Ashkenazic Jews add the Musaf Rosh Chodesh to the reading of the morning korbanot. Why? Are shabbos and Yom Tov the same or different? How and why?
Sources: OC 48:1; MB 48:1-5
In memory of Moshe ben Hirsh on the occasion of his Yahrzeit and in memory of Minna bas Avraham on the occasion of her Yahrzeit.
30 Nissan 5767 listen Adding the Musaf Rosh Chodesh to Morning Korbanot (Part 1) (12:16)
On Rosh Chodesh, Ashkenazic Jews add the Musaf Rosh Chodesh to the reading of the morning korbanot. Why? Are shabbos and Yom Tov the same or different? How and why?
Sources: OC 421:1; OC 48:1; MB 421:1; MB 48:6; Shaarei Teshuva 48:*
28 Tevet 5767 listen Reviewing Rosh Chodesh Prayers in Advance (14:51)
Prior to Rosh Chodesh and other events that come less frequently than once a month, we prepare the prayers in order to recite them fluently.
Sources: OC 100:1; MB 100:1-3; Shaarei Teshuva 100:2
29 Kislev 5767 listen Torah Readings on Chanukah, Shabbos Chanukah, and Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (11:09)
What is the Torah reading for Chanukah and why? What do we read on shabbos? Rosh Chodesh?
Sources: OC 684:1-2; MB 684:1-2,5,7
28 Kislev 5767 listen Reciting Hallel on Chanukah (8:12)
Chanukah is a holiday of thanks and praise expressed by, among other things, the daily recitation of Hallel.
Sources: OC 683:1; MB 683:1
1 Kislev 5767 listen What if the chazan forgets Ya'alei v'Yavo? (9:05)
The shaliach tzibbur generally goes back to make up for a missed ya'alei v'yavo, though he would not repeat the entire amidah. Why not? What does he do instead?
Sources: OC 126:3; MB 126:13
30 Cheshvan 5767 listen Forgetting Ya'alei v'Yavo on Rosh Chodesh (7:12)
An individual who forgets Ya'alei v'Yavo can fulfill his obligation along with the shaliach tzibur... or can he?
Sources: OC 124:10; MB 124:39-40
28 Tishrei 5767 listen Shabbos Mevarchim and Machar Chodesh (7:48)
On the shabbos before Rosh Chodesh, we announce the upcoming month. Also, if Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday, we read a special haftarah on Shabbos.
Sources: OC 417; MB 417:1
30 Av 5766 listen Elul - The Season of Teshuva (9:16)
What makes Elul such an auspicious time for reconciling ourselves with Hashem?
Sources: OC 581:1; MB 581 - Introduction
Given as a zechus for a refuah shleima for Ariella Rivkah bas Devora Pessel.
1 Elul 5766 listen The Sounds of the Shofar (7:17)
We begin blowing the shofar daily from Rosh Chodesh Elul. Why all the different sounds?
Sources: OC 581:1; MB 581:3; MT Shofar 1:1
1 Tamuz 5766 listen Mentioning Rosh Chodesh in Birkat HaMazon and Korbonot (8:27)
Part of the observance of Rosh Chodesh includes adding ya'aleh v'yavo in Birkat HaMazon. What if it is forgotten? Also: mentioning the Rosh Chodesh sacrifices as part of korbonot.
Sources: MB 419:2; OC 424:1; MB 424:1-2; OC 421:1; MB 421:1
30 Sivan 5766 listen Having a Rosh Chodesh Meal (4:25)
Not quite as extravagant as shabbos, the Rosh Chodesh meal is a mitzvah nonetheless.
Sources: OC 419:1; MB 419:1
28 Iyar 5766 listen Machar Chodesh and Rosh Chodesh Sivan (13:21)
The significance of the special haftara reading for when Rosh Chodesh falls on Sunday; also, the first days of Sivan leading up to Shavuot.
30 Nissan 5766 listen What if you forget "Ya'aleh v'Yavo"? (8:45)
If you forget to say Ya'aleh v'Yavo, should you repeat the amidah?
Sources: OC 422:1; MB 422:1,3-9
1 Nissan 5766 listen The Month of Nissan (5:45)
Halachot beginning with Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Sources: OC 429:2; MB ad. loc.
21 Adar 5766 listen Parshat HaChodesh - Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan (9:40)
1 Adar 5766 listen Removing Tefillin before Musaf (8:27)
Why do we remove Tefillin before Musaf on Rosh Chodesh? And why do we recite Borchi Nafshi?
Sources: OC 423:3-4; MB 423:5,7,10; Ps. 104:19
30 Shevat 5766 listen Rosh Chodesh Adar (5:53)
22 Kislev 5766 listen Chanukah: Hallel and Al HaNissim (1:26:06)
20 Kislev 5766 listen The Haftara for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Chanukah (10:55)
Which Haftara portion is read on Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Chanukah? Why?
1 Cheshvan 5766 listen Saying Ya'aleh v'Yavo in Birkat HaMazon (6:03)
Ya'aleh v'Yavo is added to Birkat HaMazon on Rosh Chodesh. What do you do if you forget to add it in?
Sources: OC 424:1; MB 424:1,2

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