Kiddush Levana, Saturday, January 23, 2021, 6:30 PM

The ritual of Kiddush Levana involves blessing the waxing moon. It is recited at night outside in the open air or before an open door or window when the moon is clearly visible, between the 3rd and 15th day of the Hebrew month. Facing east while standing with straight legs, one looks at the moon before beginning the blessing. The liturgy also includes a verse where one is instructed to leap toward the moon. According to the rabbis, blessing the moon in its proper time is likened to greeting the Shechinah (Sanhedrin 42a). The ritual invites the recognition of the existence of God through nature, through the visible cycles of the moon, through revealed and hidden light.

All participants are invited to share a favorite moon song.

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