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Assorted laws related to Kiddush Levanah

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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– Preferably one should not be standing beneath a roof or overhang while reciting Kiddush Levanah.

– It is customary to recite Kiddush Levanah while facing eastwards. The blessing is recited while standing, both feet together, and preferably in the presence of a Minyan.

A Jewish astronaut who is situated on the moon may recite the Kiddush Levanah. Cloud cover shouldn’t pose much of a problem...
– After the recitation of Kiddush Levanah, it is customary to “shake out” the fringes of the Tzitzit garment.

– Women may recite the Kiddush Levanah. However, they are not obligated to do so, and in most communities women have not accepted this Mitzvah upon themselves.

– A Jewish astronaut who is situated on the moon may recite the Kiddush Levanah.1 Cloud cover shouldn’t pose much of a problem...

Footnotes

  • 1. Responsa Mishneh Halachot (by Rabbi Menashe Klein), vol. VI s. 259.

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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Kiddush
Prayer recited at the beginning of the Sabbath or Holiday meal--both the evening and afternoon meals. This prayer, acknowledging the sanctity of the day, is recited over a cup of wine or grape juice.
Tzitzit
Literally: the fringes which are attached to four cornered garments, as Biblically mandated. Normally this word refers to a t-shirt sized four cornered garment which contains such fringes, and is usually worn beneath the shirt.
Minyan
A quorum consisting of ten adult male Jews. A minyan is necessary to recite the kaddish or to publicly read from the Torah scroll.