Birkas Hachodesh – Richard Tucker

Birkas Hachodesh – Before beginning the Musaf prayer on the Sabbath preceding the incoming new Jewish month a short prayer called “Birkas Hachodesh” — the “Blessing of the Month” is recited.

In many congregations the Birkat Hachodesh is preceded by a short prayer (Yehi Ratzon) requesting divine beneficence for the coming month. This prayer is recited first by the congregation, and is then repeated aloud by the Cantor.

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