Rosh Chodesh

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The Meaning of Rosh Chodesh

The Hebrew words, Rosh Chodesh, mean “head of the month” or “first of the month/moon.” It is the first day of each new month in the Jewish calendar. The Jewish calendar is arranged according to the phases of the moon, and the first day of each Hebrew month falls on the new moon. In biblical times, Rosh Chodesh was a festival along with celebratory sacrifice and feasting. Today, Rosh Chodesh is a minor holiday for most Jews.

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