Friday, December 23, 2005

TODAY IN JUDAISM: Shabbat, December 24, 2005


Due to Shabbat observance, the Shabbat edition of Today in Judaism is sent on Friday. Shabbat Shalom!

Kislev 23, 5766 * December 24, 2005


* Laws * Customs * Jewish History * Daily Quote * Daily Study *

Today is: Shabbat, Kislev 23, 5766

Today's Laws & Customs

• Blessing the New Month

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of upcoming month of Tevet, which falls on next Shabbat and the following Sunday. Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the moled, the "birth" of the new moon.

It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrenges (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat.

Links: On the Significance of Shabbat Mevarchim []; Tehillim [] (the Book of Psalms); The Farbrengen []

Daily Study

Chitas and Rambam for today:

Chumash: Vayeishev, 7th Portion Bereishit 40:1-40:23 with Rashi
• English Text:

Tehillim: Chapters 108 - 112
• Hebrew text:
• English text:

Tanya: Likutei Amarim, end of Chapter 1
• Lesson in Tanya:
• RealAudio:
• Windows Media:

• Sefer Hamitzvos:
• 1 Chapter: Mechirah Chap. 5
• 3 Chapters: Nedarim Chap. 13, Nezirut Chap. 1, 2

Hayom Yom:
• English Text:


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