Torah Tidbits

23 April 2014 / 23 Nisan 5774
Issue 1048
Shabbat Parshat Chukat
June 13, 2013

Word of the Month

Word of the Month

Word of the Month

A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of HaChodesh HaZeh Lachem…

First op for KL for Tamuz was TUE night, June 11th. First op for 7-day people: Motza"Sh, June 15th - after 9:12pm. Because 9:12 is later than when most regular Maariv minyanim will finish davening, one will either have to say KL alone or with whomever you convince to get together with you.
Those whose practice is to say KL on Motza"Sh, but are not makpid to wait 7 full days, can say KL on that Motza"Sh without having to delay until 9:12pm.
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First-Person Kiddush Levana Report - Tamuz 5773
Tuesday, June 11th, 11:35pm - As soon as this report is done, Torah Tidbits for Parshat Chukat will be done. Then it gets sent to the printers in Rishon Letzion and, hopefully, we will receive them tomorrow morning.
Earlier this evening, this reporter (Phil Ch) went out in search of the moon in hopes of being able to say KL at its first opportunity, according to Minhag Yerushalayim. The difficulty with that was the earliest time to say KL this month was tonight after 9:12pm (3 full days, 72 hours after the molad) and the moon was to set at 9:40-ish, leaving a KL window of opportunity of less than a half-hour. And, during that half-hour, the moon was very low on the horizon, making it very difficult to get a clear view from a city. Buildings and trees and other things obscure the horizon. A quick survey in the Israel Center area determined that I’d probably have to wait for tomorrow night. Not the worst thing in the world, but people who are very dedicated Minhag Yerushalayim Kiddush Levana sayers really try for the fisrt op. What to do? One chance and the clock was ticking. The Dan Panorama Hotel. Tall enough to get a decent view of the horizon. Sign in at the door, ask the receptionist for the night manager. Explain to him - quickly - the reason I want to go to an upper floor with an open balcony. And… he agreed! 11th floor penthouse. Scan the panoramic view. No moon. Wait! There it is! Kiddush Levana and an appreciative thank you to my host. Meanwhile in Bnei Braq, a much feared traffic policeman who is also MAKPID on first op KL, ascended the hill near Slabodka Yeshiva and said his KL. Chodesh Tov to you all!

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