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http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=168 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=169 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=171 http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=48844&st=&pgnum=173 1 - Although L'Chatchila we do not make Kiddush Levana Friday night and on ...


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Harav Shneur Zalman Farkash, a Mashpia in the Chabad Yeshiva Gedola of Buenos Aires, wrote in Haoros.com there was no Halachic reason to stop the boat. The main reason was in order to say Kiddush Levana with Yishuv Hadaas.


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From Halachaicly Speaking : One is permitted to dance after kiddush levana even during sefira (Piskei Shmuos quoting the opinion of Harav D’bilitsky Shlita)


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For question 1: The blessing is addressed to Hashem ("Who created the heavens with His word... Blessed are You, G-d, Who renews the months"), not to the moon. Where's the avodah zarah there? It's no different than the blessings on other natural phenomena, such as rainbows, notable mountains, etc, where we look at the object while praising Hashem. [That ...


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The Rema 426:1 says it must be night when "the moon is shining and (people) benefit from its light". The Mishna Berurah exludes bein hashemashos and equates benefiting from its light with the time that the moonshine is detectable on the land.


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Enough moonlight that, assuming no other lighting, a person can benefit from it ( he can do things that he wouldn't be able to do without the moon). Mishna Berura 426:3


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No. Mourning in Halacha 16:30 note 67a, citing Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchasa §65 note 163, citing R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ZT"L


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2) We say Just as I can not touch you so should my enemies not be able to touch me. ... and (b)We debunked the idea that we can't touch the moon in 1969. It's poetry, not a statement of technological capability. If you stand outside looking at the moon, hundreds of thousands of miles away and yet a distinct object, with the possibility of enemy attack ...


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The first step of the calculation is finding out the Molad of that month. The molad can be found by looking at a local hebrew calendar. One important thing to note is that the molad is usually quoted in Jerusalem solar time (which is Universal Time + 2h 20m 56s, or approx. +2h 21m). So for example, for Sivan 5770, the molad is on May 13th, at 4:39pm and 15 ...


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The Original sorce for this Minhag is a Maseches Sofrim. ואומר לחברו שלש פעמים שלום, וילך לביתו בלב טוב The reasons given are: The Mahril based on the Gemara in Sanhedrin 42A says since it is such a great Mitzvah it is as if we are greeting the Shechina.Therfore when we say Shalom Aleichem we are in a sense greeting the Shechina. Matteh Moshe(540) ...


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http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=7167&st=&pgnum=56 The Sefer Zohar HaLevana explains that the reason we say Shalom Aleichem and then say Aleichem Shalom together, is that the first day Eliyahu Hanavi comes to announce the coming of Moshiach (three days before Moshiach comes), he will say "Shalom Ba L'olam, Shalom Ba L'olam". Therefore, after ...


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It wouldn't surprise me. Nefesh HaRav quotes some Orthodox rabbis who were disturbed by the phrase as it implies it's impossible to touch the moon; some wanted to simply change the phrase from "I cannot touch you" to "I am not touching you" (i.e. at this very moment). Rabbi Soloveichik felt that was the understanding of the original phrase: "just as I dance ...


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Excerpts from this blog entry: The gemara (Sanhedrin 42a) describing kiddush levana, states regarding women: אמר ליה רב אחא לרב אשי: במערבא מברכי ברוך מחדש חדשים, אמר ליה: האי - נשי דידן נמי מברכי The basic implication of the gemara seems to be that although women recite a shorter beracha, they do say something. Similarly, the Meiri ...


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You wouldn't say it on your own, but you can say it after Kiddush Levana to the first three people you meet. (I was advised this in my youth.)


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First Because we say: שֶׁהֵם מִשְׁתַּחֲוִים לְהֶבֶל וָרִיק וּמִתְפַּלְּלִים אֶל אֵל לֹא יושיע That is we are illustrating the Idol worshipers pray to heavenly bodies but we do not. (Likutie Maharich,Chelek Beis,Daf Kuf) Aleinu, was written by Yeshouah Ben Nun he was compared to moon. That is the Gemara in Baba Basra (75a) says: The face of ...


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(b)We debunked the idea that we can't touch the moon in 1969. "Nefesh HaRav" discusses this -- we can't touch the moon WHILE we are standing/dancing here right now. 3) Later on we say that is should be G-ds will that the light of the moon should be as the light of the sun. (a) The light of the moom is the light on the sun - and (b) even if you understand ...


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The Likutei MaHarich says that we say Aleinu L'Shabeach after Kiddush Lvana - since we pray and dance seemingly to the moon - we finish off Aleinu L'Shabeach L'Adon Hakol to show it is for Hashem.


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This should be the same as in the middle of the brachos of shema. Strictly, the halacha would allow him to respond to someone who he reveres or fears, but only if this is the first time bumping into him and he is the type that would care, so as to avoid hatred. (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 67:1; M.B.2)


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Because we just just finished saying a few verses with curses for our enemies, we then say Shalom Aleichem at Kiddush Levana to those around us, to highlight that we were not referring to them. The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 426:2 (page 574 of vol. 4 of the Mishna Berura) quoting the Tur, says that "answering is like asking", and implies that you would not ...


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It's not so clear whether the function of kiddush levanah is meant to be a praise for the existence of the moon, or more similar to a birkas hanehenin (like the brachos on food), that we can't benefit from anything without first making a beracha, including moonlight. Regarding whether or not one has to see the moon: as the Biur Halakha points out, that if ...


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The Beiur Halacha (OC 456 sv Ella) writes that it certainly permitted to recite it alone, though ideally it should be done with others because of the principle of Berov Am Hadrat Melech. He quotes two opinions if a group of 3 or 10 counts for that.


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There is a machlokes amongst the Achronim regarding if the Bracha of Kiddush Levanah is #1 made to celebrate the "renewal of the world i.e the new moon - this is the loshon of the Mishne Berurah) OR #2 because we derive benefit (i.e. we can see) from the moons light. The practical difference between these two reasons is a blind person. If the reason is to ...


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There are a few different customs. I asked 2 different Rabbanim about this after noticing that my Siddur said to say "Shalom Aleichem" to 1 person 3 times and not finding a satisfactory explanation for the difference in the Tur, Shulchan Aruch or Mishna Berura. One of the Rabbanim came back a few weeks later and told me the following: (He said he looked in ...


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Since the first question was answered already I will address the second one only. The Avnei Yashfei 3:50:3 writes that if one says kiddush levana alone there is no inyan to search out for someone to say shalom aleichem since he said the passuk Tipal aleiheim and no one heard him(see @simchas Torah answer -Mattaeh Moshe reason).He adds by saying if one said ...


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Regarding 2a: I have seen people that have their back towards the moon while saying kiddush l'vana. I assume the reason is so that it doesn't look like they are worshiping it.


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(a)It would seem that we are directly addressing the moon, hence the celestial worship... We ARE addressing the moon -- a minute before that, we said "bless your Crafter, Maker, Owner, Creator." Talking TO the moon, ABOUT G-d. We're all used to saying to someone, "may G-d bless you." This is the slightly weirder case of "you, may G-d bless me in some way ...



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