Greg Killian: A Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) - Kiddush Lavanah
Kiddush Lavanah Synagogue Service
Psalm 148:1-6 Halleluyah! Praise HaShem from the heavens; praise Him in the heights. Praise Him, all bright stars, Praise Him, the most exalted of the heavens and the waters that are above the heavens. Let them praise the Name of HaShem, for He commanded and they were created. And He established them forever and ever, He issued a decree that will not change.
One should look at the moon before reciting this blessing:
Blessed are You, HaShem our God, King of the universe whose word created the heavens, whose breath created all that they contain. Statutes and seasons He set for them, that they should not deviate from their assigned task. Happily, gladly they do the will of their Creator, whose work is dependable. To the moon He spoke: renew yourself, crown of glory for those who were borne in the womb, who also are destined to be renewed and to extol their Creator for His glorious sovereignty. Blessed are You, HaShem who renews the months.
Blessed is your Molder; blessed is your Maker; blessed is your Owner; blessed is your Creator.
Let fall upon them fear and terror; at the greatness of Your arm, let them be still as stone.
Recite three times:
As stone let them be still, at Your arm’s greatness; terror and fear, upon them let fall.
Recite three times:
David, King of Israel, is alive and enduring.
Extend greetings to three different people:
Shalom Alechem (peace be with you!)
Alechem shalom (Upon you, peace!)
Recite three times:
May there be a good sign and a good fortune for us and for all Israel. Amen.
Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) 2:8-9 - The voice of my beloved - Behold! It came suddenly, leaping over mountains, skipping over hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. Behold! He was standing behind our wall, observing through the windows, peering through the lattices.
Tehillim (Psalm) 121 - A song to the ascents. I raise my eyes to the mountains; whence will come my help? My help is from HaShem, Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to falter; your Guardian will not slumber. Behold, He neither slumbers nor sleeps - the Guardian of Israel. HaShem is your Guardian; HaShem is your Shade at your right hand. By day the sun will not harm you, nor the moon by night. HaShem will protect you from every evil; He will guard your soul. HaShem will guard your departure and your arrival, from this time and forever.
Tehillim (Psalm) 150 - Halleluyah! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts; praise His as befits His abundant greatness. Praise Him with the blast of the shofar; praise Him with lyre and harp. Praise Him with drum and dance; praise Him with organ and flute. Praise Him with clanging cymbals; praise Him with resonant trumpets. Let all souls praise God, Halleluyah!
The academy of Rabbi Yishmael taught: Had Israel not been privileged to greet the countenance of their Father in Heaven except for once a month, it would have sufficed them. Abaye said: Therefore one must recite it while standing.
Who is this who rises from the desert clinging to her Beloved!
May it be Your will, HaShem, my God and the God of my forefathers, to fill the flaw of the moon that there be no diminution in it. May the light of the moon be like the light of the sun and like the light of the seven days of creation, as it was before it was diminished, as it is said: ‘The two great luminaries.’ And may there be fulfilled upon us the verse that is written: They shall seek HaShem, their God, and David, their king. Amen
Tehillim (Psalm) 67 - For the Conductor, upon Neginos, a psalm, a song. May God favor us and bless us, may He illuminate His countenance with us, Selah. To make known Your way on earth, among all the nations Your salvation. The peoples will acknowledge You, O God, the peoples will acknowledge You, all of them. Nations will be glad and sing for joy, because You will judge the peoples fairly and guide the nations on earth, Selah. Then peoples will acknowledge You, all of them. The earth has yielded its produce, may God, our own God, bless us. May God bless us and may all the ends of the earth fear Him.