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This is an archive of prayers written for the Ḳiddush Levanah, the sanctification of the New Moon.

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For prayers composed for, or relevant to, Rosh Ḥodesh, visit here.

For public readings prepared for Rosh Ḥodesh, visit here.

For prayers for Shabbat Məvorkhim, the Shabbat before the New Moon, go here.

For prayers composed for a specific month:

  1. Nissan
  2. Iyar
  3. Sivan
  4. Tamuz
  5. Av
  6. Elul
  7. Tishrei
  8. Marḥeshvan
  9. Kislev
  10. Tevet
  11. Sh’vat
  12. Adar (Alef & Bet)

סֵדֶר קִדּוּשׁ לְבָנָה ☽ Kiddush Levanah: Sanctification of the Moon (Rabbi David Seidenberg, neohasid.org)

In Kabbalistic tradition, the new moon is sanctified seven days after its appearance, under a clear sky, standing facing east. It may be said as early as three days after the new moon, and as late as a day before the full moon (the moon should still be visibly waxing). It is the custom in the month of Av to wait to sanctify the moon until after Tisha b’Av, and in Tishrei to wait until after Yom Kippur. In a minyan, the Aleinu prayer and kaddish are traditionally added at the end. . . .

Dancing with the Moon: innovations in the Kiddush Levana in light of the first moon landing

The day after humankind’s first landing on the Lunar surface July 20, 1969, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on a poetic and topical innovation to the Kiddush Levana, the Blessing over the Moon, by Israeli Armed Forces’ Chief Chaplain General Shlomo Goren in the IDF Siddur. . . .