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Are blind men obligated in kiddush levana

According to Halacha are blind men obligated in kiddush levana on Rosh Chodesh or not? Or because of the fact they can not see the moon visibly, are they exempt? Is this question found amongst the ...
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Why do we shake our tzitzit after kiddush levana? [duplicate]

I have just said Kiddush Levanah and was told that i should shake my Tzitzit immediately afterwards...are there any specific Kabbalistic reasons for this?
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Looking at one's tzitzit during kiddush levana

In some siddurim it writes to look at one's tzitzit during birchat halevana and kaparot. What is the reason for this?
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Birkas HaLevana in Shabbos Clothing

I recall seeing a Shiltei HaGiborim who writes that one who recites Birkas HaLevana during the weekday, should first don his Shabbos clothing. Does anyone know where this Shiltei HaGaborim is? What ...
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Birkat Halevana vs. Kiddush Levana

Where are the origins of calling this Beracha "Kiddush" Levana, and what does it mean? I have seen that Rabbi Yosef Qafih in his commentary to Maimonides’s Guide for the Perplexed (Vol. 2 Chapter 5 ...
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Halacha of moons disappearance during kiddish levanah?

I thought I’ve read somewhere the moon needs to be visible (although you don’t look up at it) the entirety of kiddish levanah, so when it’s completed and you look up, the moon is still visible. Does ...
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Why is the concluding supplication after kidush levana formulated as a personal prayer?

In many Ashkenazi sidurim (e.g. Artscroll and the Sidur Vilna), kidush l'vana concludes with a supplication that the greatness of the moon be restored, and that the Jewish people merit the restoration ...
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Kiddush Levana as "Life Insurance?"

The Kaf HaChaim (426:12) writes – בס' אור חדש וגם שמעתי שמי שיקדש הלבנה מיום שיקדשה לא ידאג שימות באותו החדש מאותו היום ואילך עכ"ל. והביאו א"ר וש"ץ שם. והיינו שלא ימות מיתה משונה - I heard ...
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Kiddush levana – intensity of moonlight required in areas of light pollution

The answer to this question came from Mishna Berura 426:3 which defines the light from the moon on which one can make the blessing as follows: ג) ונהנין מאורה - דהיינו בעת שזריחתה ניכרת ע"ג קרקע. ...
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Kiddush levana- backwards passuk?

In Kiddush levana, ashkenazim say a set of pesukim three times each. One of the pesukim that we say three times is: תפל עליהם אימתה ופחד בגדל זרועך ידמו כאבן:‏ Right after this passuk, we say:...
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Kiddush Levana after a Lunar Eclipse

The full moon occurs at the halfway point of the lunar cycle (which according to halacha is on average 29 days, 12 hours and 793 chalakim, see here). The Shulchan Aruch (OC 426:3) says one can say ...
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Incantation Referring to Three Roses

In the prayer book Tefillah Yeshara, in the section for the blessing on seeing the new moon (kiddush levanah), an incantation (lahash) is included to say at that time. It begins: אני פב"פ נושא ...
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The Kiddush Levana Jump

What type of 'dance' is an individual reciting Kiddush Levana supposed to do at this point? כְּשֵׁם שֶׁאֲנִי רוֹקֵד כְּנֶגְדֵּךְ וְאֵינִי יָכוֹל לִנְגּוֹעַ בָּךְ, כַּךְ לֹא יוּכְלוּ כָּל ...
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Women caused the moon to shrink and kiddush levana [duplicate]

Regarding women saying Kiddush Levana, the Mishnah Berurah Siman 426 סק"א, quoting the Shlah, writes: ונשים פטורות מלקדש הלבנה דהוי מ"ע שהזמן גרמא ואף דכל מ"ע שהזמן גרמא נוהגות הנשים שמקיימות ...
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The moon in the future [duplicate]

We say in Kiddush Levanah, יהי רצון מלפניך...למלאת פגימת הלבנה ולא יהיה בה שום מיעוט May it be Your will...to fill the reduction of the moon, and that there should be no diminishment in it. ...
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How was Rosh Chodesh determined, if a New Moon Cannot be Seen?

1. Question / Issue : If a New Moon cannot be seen, then it seems that the first visible confirmation of a New Moon is actually the Waxing Crescent Moon, which can only be observed after the New Moon -...
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Kiddush Levanah in Outer Space

Inspired by questions about observing Shabbos in outer space, I've been wondering about Kiddush Levanah. Would someone living in space use similar opinions to determine when to sanctify the moon as ...
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Wearing a Tallis for Kiddush Levana

If people wait until the end of Yom Kippur to say kiddush levana for the month of Tishrei, which I understand to be a prevalent custom, do they keep their talleisim on? Since the tallis is not ...
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Healthy teeth by kiddush levana

R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson, z"l would write to people that a Segula for healthy teeth is connected to kiddush Levana Does anyone know the source of such a concept? Side point: many times by ...
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Why is it called "Kiddush Lavana"

Every month we make a bracha on the new moon. In many siddurim where the bracha and nusach is featured it's called "Kiddush Lavana". If one looks in the poskim (See Rema Orach Chaim SIman 426 Sif 1, 2,...
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Kiddush Levana the night of Purim

It is the night of Purim and for some reason the majority of the Shul has not yet said Kiddush Levana. Should Kiddush Levana be said prior to Megila due to "Tadur" it being more frequent? (source)
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Shalom Aleichem of Kiddush Levanah to a Kattan

In most aspects of Halachah a Kattan is out of the realm of the Mitzvos. As for the Minhag of saying Shalom Aleichem during Kiddush Levanah I was wondering whether there is any preference to say it ...
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Request in Kiddush Levanah about restoring the moon's original luminance

Near the end of Kiddush Levana, there is a request that says: וִיהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יְיָ אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי לְמַלּאֹת פְּגִימַת הַלְּבָנָה, וְלאֹ יִהְיֶה בָּהּ שׁוּם מִעוּט, וִיהִי אוֹר ...
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When and how often would someone say Kiddush Levana (Blessing for the moon) if he were on another planet?

This M.Y. answer says that there are differing views as to whether someone is exempt from mitzvoth while in space. If we were to follow the opinion that one is obligated, should a person on Jupiter ...
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In Kiddush Levana, what does the phrase עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן refer to?

There is an interesting metaphor used in the bracha for Kiddush Levana (Sanctification of the moon): עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן translated (loosely) as "A crown of beauty to those carried ...
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Can one say Kiddush Levana on Rosh Hodesh or the 2nd day of the month if he won't be able to otherwise?

Kiddush Levana can be recited as early as the 3rd day of the Hebrew month. Two scenarios (may have same or different answers): A. Suppose a person will be hospitalized beginning the 3rd of the ...
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Can a person recite Kiddush Levana during the Polar summer months?

This M.Y. answer states that the moonlight must be visible on the land for someone to be able to say Kiddush Levana. During the summer season near either the North or South Poles, there is an area of ...
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Said Kiddush Levana prior to three days after Molad - Does he say it again?

Be'er Hataiv 426:10 says that one can say Kiddush Levana as early as 3 days after the Molad. The Rambam - Hilchos Brachos 10:17 rules that one may say Kiddush Levana immediately after the Molad. ...
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Should a person observe Rosh Hodesh & say "Kiddush Ha'Aretz" if he lives permanently on the moon?

This is not meant to be a "Purim Torah" question. The concept of Rosh Hodesh is based on the orbit of the moon around Earth. But, with the proposal of sending people to live permanently on Mars, I ...
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Can one say kiddush levana by day? [duplicate]

Can someone say "kiddush levana" by day if he sees the moon clearly, in full? Or is there a reason why we only say it in the evening other than the fact that the day starts at night.
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What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?

In the Mishna Berurah (426:1) it says (with loose translation): ונשים פטורות מלקדש הלבנה דהוי מ"ע שהזמן גרמא ואף דכל מ"ע שהזמן גרמא נוהגות הנשים שמקיימות ומברכות עליהן מ"מ מצוה זו אין ...
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Praying for the Moon to "fill the defect"

During Kiddush Levanah, a brief prayer is recited: וִיהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלֹקי וֵאלֹקי אֲבוֹתַי לְמַלֹּאת פְּגִימַת הַלְּבָנָה וְלֹא יִהְיֶה בָּהּ שׁוּם מִעוּט. וִיהִי אוֹר הַלְּבָנָה ...
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Kiddush Levana and Women

If a women would like to say the prayer of Kiddush Levana is she allowed to say it with a brocha? (not together with men)
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How covered can the Moon be for Kiddush Levana [duplicate]

For Kiddush Levana how much do you have to see the moon? If a thin cloud is covering it can you still say it? Details please. Thank You
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Why does one have to see the moon to do Kiddush Levana?

I had a debate regarding Kiddush Levana with a yeshiva bachur. From my recollection, Kiddush Levana is not meant to compensate or "simulate" Kiddush Hachodesh where witnesses had to see the moon and ...
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Question based on a story which implies not being able to say Kiddush Levana on a moving boat

The Story of the Alter Rebbe requesting from the gentile to stop the boat so he could say Kiddush Levana (paragraph 7), stresses the point that the Alter Rebbe would only say Kiddush Levana once the ...
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Conservative Kiddush Levanah

The version of Kiddush Levanah printed in the Conservative movement's siddur omits the verse "כשם שאני רוקד כנגדך..." I've heard that this is because the Conservative movement believes that in an age ...
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Saying Kiddush Levanah without a Minyan

If one does not have the opportunity to say Kiddush Levanah with a Minyan, should he say it alone? If he can say it with a group of people that is less than 10, is that better than saying it by ...
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Are we obliged to say Kiddush Levana or is it in some way optional?

The laws of Kiddush Levana start with the words הרואה לבנה בחדושה…. “Someone who sees the moon when it is renewed…..” This might imply that if one deliberately keeps away from seeing the moon, one ...
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Is the midrash about the moon and sun being the same size intended literally?

The Rambam in his introduction to perek Chelek discusses midrashic literalist, and classifies different approaches of different groups to midrash. He writes: You should know that as to [...
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If one says "Kiddush Levana" alone, does one say "Sholom Aleichem"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shalom Aleichem in Kiddush Levanah If one says "Kiddush Levana" alone, does one say "Sholom Aleichem"? Since there is no-one to answer, it does not seem to make sense. Or ...
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Dancing during kidush levana on sefiras haomer

After making kidush levana there is a custom to dance and sing a song "Tovim meorot...". Is it permissible to dance after kidush levana of the month of Iyar, as it falls during the mourning ...
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Kiddush Levanah on Friday night

Why do we avoid making the Bracha of Kiddush Levanah on Friday night and the nights of Yomim Tovim?
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Shalom Aleichem in Kiddush Levana to an Aveil

We do not say Shalom Aleichem to a Aveil. What about saying Shalom Aleichem to an Aveil (after the Shiva, during the year of Aveilus) during Kiddush Levana - do you or do you not? (sources please)
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Kiddush Levanah - Saying Aleichem Sholom with the other person?

As discussed here, while doing Kiddush Levanah, we say "Shalom Aleichem" to 3 other people, and they respond back with "Aleichem Shalom". I've seen some people saying "Aleichem Shalom" together with ...
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Kiddush Levanah answering aliechem Sholom

When can you start answering back Aliechem Shalom meaning can you answer if you are in middle of the first Bracha?
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Kidush Levana: Does "aleichem shalom" count for a "shalom aleichem"?

The minhag at kiddush levana is to wish shalom aleichem 3x. It is prevalent to do so even if someone was wished shalom aleichem and he reciprocated back aleichem shalom. Is there a reason that one ...
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Kiddush Levana - saying certain Pesukim 3 times

There are a whole bunch of Pesukim that we say 3 times at Kiddush Levana. 1 - Why do we say these specific Pesukim 3 times? 2 - Specifically I am curious why we say Shalom Aleichem 3 times?
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Can I say kiddush levana during daylight hours if the moon is visible?

Suppose it's late afternoon or early morning and the moon is visible -- can I say it then? Or must it be at "night"? (If so, how do we define "night"?)
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Seeing the moon or its light for Kiddush Levanah

When you say Kiddush Levanah, how much of the moon do you have to see? Is seeing its light ok?
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