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☞   Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan (נִיסָן)

This is an archive of prayers and songs written for, or relevant to, Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan, the first month in the Jewish calendar.

In the Northern Hemisphere of planet Earth, Nisan marks the beginning of the Spring season, the end of the wet season and the onset of the “dry” season. Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan also coincides with Rosh Hashanah la’Melakhim, the New Year’s Day for Sovereigns (Kings & Queens) — marking the beginning of the year of many historic secular calendars including the Jewish calendar.

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בִּרְכַּת הָאִילָנוֹת | The Blessing of Flowering Fruit Trees in the Spring Season, compiled by Aharon Varady

When the spring (Aviv) season arrives, a blessing is traditionally said when one is in view of at least two flowering fruit trees. In the northern hemisphere, it can be said anytime through the end of the month of Nissan (though it can still be said in Iyar). For those who live in the southern hemisphere, the blessing can be said during the month of Tishrei. . . .

Blessing for Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A blessing for announcing the new moon of Nisan, for Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan, and for the whole month. . . .

תְּחִנָה לְשַׁבָּת מְבָרְכִים רֹאשׁ חוֺדֶשׁ נִיסָן | Tkhine for Shabbat Mevorkhim Rosh Ḥodesh Nisan (1877)

The paraliturgical tkhine for the new month of Nissan read on the shabbat preceding the new moon during the blessing over new month. . . .

תפילת טל | A Prayer for Dew, by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

Geshem and tal: rain and dew. We pray for each in its season, geshem all winter and tal as summer approaches…not everywhere, necessarily, but in the land of Israel where our prayers have their roots. In a desert climate, water is clearly a gift from God. It’s easy for us to forget that, here with all of this rain and snow. But our liturgy reminds us. Through the winter months, during our daily amidah we’ve prayed “mashiv ha-ruach u-morid ha-gashem” — You cause the winds to blow and the rains to fall! We only pray for rain during the rainy season, because it is frustrating both to us and to God when we pray for impossibilities. . . .