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Said Kiddush Levana prior to three days after Molad - Does he say it again?

The Be'er Hetev that you quote says that if Saturday night is before the third of the month, Kiddush Levana should be pushed off to the next Saturday night because it will still be before the 11th of ...
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Can one say kiddush levana by day?

The Rama rules that one can only recite Kiddush Levana "at night when the moon is shining and we benefit from its light" (OC 426:1).
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Kiddush levana- backwards passuk?

See Shulchan Aruch OC 426.2 in Rema. ואומר תפול עליהם וגו' ולמפרע כאבן ידמו כו' ג' פעמים They say Tipol Alehem right and reverse three times. This is an old custom. Abudarham says that ...
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Kiddush Levana and Women

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 ...
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What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?

The Mishna Berurah is quoting the Magen Avraham who in turn cites the Shelah as his source. The של׳ה can be found in שער האותיות ק׳ קדושה אות כ׳ח says מפני שפגם הלבנה גרמה האשה הראשונה דהיינו חטא ...
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Birkas HaLevana in Shabbos Clothing

This idea long predates the Shiltei Hagiborim. Masechet Soferim 19:10 says that this blessing should be recited on Saturday night when you are wearing your nice clothes. ואין מברכין על הירח אלא ...
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Shalom Aleichem of Kiddush Levanah to a Kattan

According to Rabbi Chayim Kanievski (She'elat Rav), one can say "shalom aleichem" to a kattan. This discussion is about the general chiyuv of a kattan in Kiddush Levanah.
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How was Rosh Chodesh determined, if a New Moon Cannot be Seen?

Summary The date of Rosh Chodesh was determined by testimony. However, it was also calculated. Since the calculations weren't binding in and of themselves, the testimony was made to align with the ...
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Wearing a Tallis for Kiddush Levana

In the Mateh Ephraim סימן תרכד סעיף ד ge says to leave the Tallis and Kittel on for Kiddush Levana. The Nitei Gavriel brings many more sources in his footnotes פרק סו סעיף טו הערות סעיף כג
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Should a person observe Rosh Hodesh & say "Kiddush Ha'Aretz" if he lives permanently on the moon?

One consideration raised by R. M. Kasher is whether one s obligated in commandments on the moon or in outer space at all given the Torah expression “all the days which you are alive on this earth” (...
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Shalom Aleichem in Kiddush Levanah

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 ...
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Why does one have to see the moon to do Kiddush Levana?

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 ...
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What did women have to do with the moon's shrinking?

This question is asked by R. Yitshak Weiss in Minhat Yitshak (8:15). He answers based on the Lev Aryeh to Hullin 60b. An aggada states that the moon complained about its equivalence with the sun. To ...
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In Kiddush Levana, what does the phrase עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן refer to?

Excerpt from Be'urei Hatefila citing Maharsh"a on Sanhedrin 42a: The word: “crown” as used in this prayer is a reference to the lost monarchy of King David. We pray for it to return. That is why ...
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Request in Kiddush Levanah about restoring the moon's original luminance

In addition to the answer by @ezzi386 the completion of that request is that the sun is to be restored to the "light of creation". Thus, one meaning could be the moon becomes as bright as the sun is ...
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The Kiddush Levana Jump

The Rema mentions dancing during Kiddush Levana The Mishnah Berurah (426:14) writes in the name of Achronim that one should only dance during Kiddush Levana but be careful not to bow, as that would ...
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How was Rosh Chodesh determined, if a New Moon Cannot be Seen?

At the time where observing the moon was necessary to know the months of the year, poor weather conditions would simply delay calendrical events. However, eventually systems in which sightings could ...
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Request in Kiddush Levanah about restoring the moon's original luminance

Assuming a non-literal understanding of this Midrash, I believe this end section of Kiddush Levana is making a reference to a slightly longer version of that Midrash which ends by stating that in the ...
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Healthy teeth by kiddush levana

The Taamei Haminhagim says that "saying 'And I shouldn't have a toothache' after 'My enemies shouldn't touch me for evil' is a Segulah against toothache" is from Reb Yisroel Ruzhiner. Some say that ...
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Why is it called "Kiddush Lavana"

The sefer Mekorei Minhagim (37), based on Shemos Rabbah (15, on the verse החודש הזה לכם), writes that the moon in this world is like an engagement gift, and therefore its blessing is called "Kiddush [...
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Kiddush Levana the night of Purim

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 97:15 writes that kiddush levana should be recited before megillah. However, he notes that if a tzibur is in middle of reading the megillah and the moon is now visible they ...
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Kiddush Levana the night of Purim

Noda B'Yehuda 41 - page 44 - column starting with Vnashiv says that they should make Kiddush Levana first for two reasons. One is tadir. The other is that the Megila can always be done later, however ...
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Praying for the Moon to "fill the defect"

Yeshaya prophesied (Isa. 30:26): "וְהָיָ֤ה אוֹר־הַלְּבָנָה֙ כְּא֣וֹר הַחַמָּ֔ה וְא֤וֹר הַֽחַמָּה֙ יִֽהְיֶ֣ה שִׁבְעָתַ֔יִם כְּא֖וֹר שִׁבְעַ֣ת הַיָּמִ֑ים בְּי֗וֹם חֲבֹ֤שׁ יְהֹוָה֙ אֶת־שֶׁ֣בֶר ...
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Kiddush Levana and Women

Rav Nebontzol in his B'Yitzchak Yikareh siman 426:1 he adds another reason why women are exempt from kiddush levana and that is since one is supposed to go outside to recite the bracha then ot would ...
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Question based on a story which implies not being able to say Kiddush Levana on a moving boat

The Rebbe says this story in a sicha (19 Kisleiv tof shin chof beis) and explains that the Alter Rebbe wanted the boat stopped so that he could bentch the moon "with hisbonenus, with menuchas hanefesh,...
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Kiddush Levanah on Friday night

also אורח חיים סימן תכו סעיף ב שער הציון שם ועל פי פשוטו יש לומר, משום דעושין את המצוה בשמחה ורגיל לבא לידי ריקודין, וכמו דמשמע אחר כך בהג"ה, וזה איסור בשבת. ואף דריקודין של מצוה התירו וכמו בשמחת ...
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