A very humble Sisterhood member and friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) wrote the following paragraphs to broaden my understanding and appreciation of Rosh Chodesh, and I would like to share them with everyone:
“Rosh Chodesh celebrates the new moon, the first day of the month of the Hebrew calendar. This Rosh Chodesh Tevet coincides with the seventh day of Chanukah.
On Rosh Chodesh (as with Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot), we add a prayer to our tefillah asking God to remember and bless us. On Chanukah we add a prayer to our tefillah thanking God for the miracles of the season. On Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah and on the three pilgrimage festivals we sing hallel – songs and praise to God. We read from the Torah to learn from our traditions and sing the Mi Shebeirach for comfort and healing for those who are ill.
Because of the correlation between womens’ experience and the phases of the moon, there are many traditions of Jewish women gathering to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, which makes the Rosh Chodesh Women of the Wall celebration at Temple Sholom on December 4 all the more meaningful.”
On Wednesday, December 4, Temple Sholom hosts the Chicagoland Women of the Wall Rosh Chodesh service. This inspiring service will be led by our own Rabbi Conover and Cantor Katzman, and promises to be particularly meaningful and powerful. Please join us at 8:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary and celebrate Rosh Chodesh Tevet in solidarity with Women of the Wall in Jerusalem.
Lisa Millman is a board member of the Temple Sholom Sisterhood