In the pesukei dezimra of each day we have a section of korbanot. On Shabbat, we add in a section which lists the extra korbanot of Shabbat. According to the Artscroll Yom Kippur machzor, we do that because "the verses of the Sabbath additional offerings...will not be read from the Torah." This explains why no special verses are added in for Yom Tov or Yom Kippur, as they will be read as the maftir of that day.

But according to my Artscroll sidur, we DO add in the text of the korbanot on Rosh Chodesh even though we will be reading those as the fourth aliyah in that day's services! Why would it then appear as part of the korbanot, defying the machzor's logic about why Yom Kippur's is not included? [the obvious answer being that the machzor's logic is wrong, but I am hopeful if that is the case, someone can explain further]

If one wishes to say that on a weekday Rosh Chodesh, the korbanot are not read as a maftir, but just as a fourth aliyah, this would still allow the question on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh, when the verses in question are the maftir.

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    By the way, this is not part of Pesukei Dezimra. Pesukei Dezimra is preceded by Boruch She'omar and is all of the 'verses of song' that follow it, until Yishtabach which is the concluding blessing. The part of the service you are referring to is either (a) Korbonos, or (b) the learning after Birchos HaTorah (depending on you minhog). Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 11:19
  • You asked this a year prior too judaism.stackexchange.com/q/46064/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 4, 2023 at 12:55

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To publicize that it's rosh chodesh. Rama, OC 48. (Everyone already knows it's yom tov by yom tov morning. MB there, citing the L'vush. And on Shabas, as you mention in the question, we don't read the verses from the Torah scroll, so we recite them earlier. SA there.)


R' Eliezer ben Nathan (120) was asked this question. He answered that since Rosh Chodesh is a workday, not everyone will be present in synagogue to hear the Torah reading.

  • I feel like nowadays there will be more people in shul for keriat hatorah than for korbanot...
    – Joel K
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 14:05

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