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Rosh Chodesh Kislev
November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev. Kislev is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year Hebrew year. It occurs on the Gregorian calendar around November–December . Rosh Chodesh Kislev begins at sundown on Monday, November 16, 2020 ending at sundown on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
Time: 8:00pm EST, 7:00pm CST, 6:00pm MST, 5:00pm PT
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ראש חודש Rosh Chodesh is Hebrew for “beginning of the Month,” literally meaning “the head of the month.” It is the term used for the minor Jewish holiday marking the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar. The day is set by the birth of a new moon. Read more about Roch Chodesh here.
Program/Order of Service
Introductory Hymn: Sounding of the Shofar
Opening Prayer: (TBA)
Welcome and Announcements: Alexei, Apostle
Brothers and Sisters, I greet you in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost. We welcome new members and visitors worshipping with us as we gather to meet on this holy day of Rosh Chodesh, according to the commandment given to Moses:
In the Book of Shemot, we read: And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying: This month shall mark for you the beginning of the month; it shall be the first of the month of the year for you. (Exodus 12:1-2)
In the Book of Bemidbar, we read: And on your joyous occasions – your fixed festivals and new moon days – you shall sound the shofar over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. (Numbers 10:10)
In the 81st Psalm, we read: Blow the shofar at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a Law of the God of Yakov. (Psalm 81:3)
This day we cease the businesses of the world and all commercial endeavors to focus upon the business of the heart, which is prayer to YHVH our Eloheim.
Declaration of the Witness
In ancient times, the astrologers would camp atop the mountain to observe the sky, and be the first to observe the new moon. They blew the shofar, declaring the beginning of the month. David, being the elder, shall now declare that it is the new moon and the new month.
Declaration: David, First Elder
It is declared.
Because this is a new moon, and the start of a new month in the Lord, it is also a time for new beginnings and refreshing. Therefore, let us this day ponder teshuvah, the way back, and cast our hearts upon YHVH, to purify our tabernacles as a dwelling place for the Holy Ghost throughout this month of Kislev, beginning November 15th in the year of our Lord 2020. Let us ponder on renewing our baptismal covenants as we partake of the supper of the Lord this evening.
This is the beginning of the month called Kislev, a month of hope and positive expectation toward YHVH. Kislev also corresponds with the Tribe of Benyamin. Let us remember Benyamin and anticipate his return.
Mediation Hymn: Emunah
Reading and Prayer
The Lighting of Menorah: (TBA)
“The Talmud (Shabbat 23a) states:
‘Women are obligated in the lighting of Chanukah candles, since they were also involved in the miracle.’ In honor of our redemption, we light the candles.”
Put candles in the center of the circle, so they resemble the menorah we light on Chanukah, or use an actual menorah. As each woman lights a candle, she introduces herself and then names a woman who has done a miracle. Ask the women:
“What kind of miracles have you mentioned? Were they done by women you know, or by historical or mythic characters? How do you define a miracle?”
Women and the Miracle
Women are traditionally closely associated with Rosh Chodesh, and the month of Kislev in particular, because it contains Chanukah, and during this period, mighty women arose to resist the cruelty of the Greeks and stood valiantly for the God of Israel and his Law. Midrash and Talmudic commentators link the apocryphal story of Judith with Chanukah. We shall now reflect on the Story of Judith.
Scripture: Excerpts from the Book of Judith
Reader: Anni Rose
“Judith’s words delighted Holofernes and all his attendants, and they were amazed at her wisdom. ‘In the whole wide world,’ they said, ‘there is not a woman to compare with her for beauty of face or shrewdness of speech.” -Judith 11:20-21
“All the Israelite women came running to see her; they sang her praises and some of them performed a dance in her honor. She took garlanded wands in her hands and gave some also to the women who accompanied her; and she and those who were with her crowned themselves with olive leaves. Then, at the head of all the people, she led the women in dance; and the men of Israel in full armor and with garlands on their heads followed them singing hymns.” -Judith 15:12-13
Prayer of Blesssing
Prayer: Christian Amparano
Praises to the God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob. Praise him for His power and might. It is his will to heal the sick and resurrect the dead. Praise him for his holiness! God, grant unto us wisdom and understanding. We pray unto you to guide both the Jews of old and Modern Israel back to a life based on Torah, for you are a God of repentance and atonement. We ask for forgiveness for all sins, both ours, and all the fallen tribes of your people scattered throughout the world. We ask you to reunite us as one people. Praise and glory unto you for your tender forgiveness. Rescue thy servants Israel, O Lord! Heal us body and spirit. We ask you to bless the produce of the earth. Let it rain on the produce, and let it find its way to the mouths of the hungry. Gather us back to our holy land, O Lord, even Zion. Restore righteous judges as in the days of old. Redeem and rescue our persecutors and those who distort your religion. Have mercy on all who trust in you and support those with righteous intent. Rebuild your city, even Jerusalem and to restore the Kingdom of David. Send the descendant of King David, our Messiah.
God, Oh God, even the glorious! Accept our prayers; have mercy and be compassionate. Restore the Temple services and the proper order of sacrificial services. We thank you, our God, for our lives, for our souls, and for your mighty miracles that are with us every day. We ask for peace, goodness, blessings, kindness and compassion.
We acknowledge to You, O Lord, that You are our God, as You were the God of our ancestors, forever and ever. Rock of our life, Shield of our help, You are immutable from age to age. We thank You and utter Your praise, for our lives that are delivered into Your hands, and for our souls that are entrusted to You; and for Your miracles that are with us every day and for your marvelously kind deeds that are of every time; evening and morning and noon-tide. Thou art good, for Thy mercies are endless: Thou art merciful, for Thy kindnesses never are complete: from everlasting we have hoped in You. And for all these things may Thy name be blessed and exalted always and forevermore. And all the living will give thanks unto Thee and praise Thy great name in truth, God, our salvation and help. Selah. Blessed be Thou, O Lord, Thy name is good, and to Thee it is meet to give thanks.
Consecration and Renewal at the Altar
Sacramental Prayers: Michelle, Second Elder
Scripture/prayer: Moroni 4:4 RAV, 4:3 OPV; Avahr 34:21
“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son and witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”
Scripture/prayer: Moroni 5:3 RAV, 5:2 OPV; Avahr 34:23
“O God, the eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine or water to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son which was shed for them, that they may witness unto thee, O God, the eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.”
Sacrament Hymn: Just a I Am
Alexei: We shall now have the Blessing of the First Elder.
The Prophetic Blessing: David Ferriman, First Elder.
[blessing upon the heads of all in attendance as the Spirit directs.]
We open the time to any personal testimonies, songs, praise, revelations, prophecies or spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit directs. The time is yours.
(Time open to the congregation)
My God, keep my tongue and my lips from speaking deceit, and to them that curse me let my soul be silent, and like dust to all. Open my heart in Your Torah, and after [in] Thy commandments let my soul pursue. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Eternal, my rock and my redeemer.
May it be your will, O my God, the God of my fathers, that the Temple be rebuilt speedily in our days, and give us our portion in your Torah, and there we will worship you with reverence as in ancient days and former years. And may the Levites make an acceptable offering as in ancient days and former years.
Closing Prayer: Benjamin Shaffer
[Offer thanks for new members and visitors for joining us and bless them in their pursuit of a closer relationship with God.]
Closing Hymn: Unexpected Places
END OF SERVICE
Holidays in Kislev
25 Kislev – 2 Tevet – Hanukkah – ends 3 Tevet if Kislev is short
Events in Kislev
14 Kislev (C. 1568 BC) – Birth of Reuben, son of Ya’akov.
14 Kislev (C. 1445 BC) – Death of Reuben, son of Ya’akov.
15 Kislev (167 B.C.) – The Greeks set up the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple
20 Kislev (circa 457 BC) – Ezra addresses a three-day assemblage of Jews in Jerusalem, telling them to adhere to the Torah and to dissolve their interfaith marriages
21 Kislev (circa 128 BC) – The Samaritan temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed by John Hyrcanus I.
25 Kislev (164 BC) – The Hanukkah miracle
25 Kislev (167 BC) – The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple
27 Kislev (circa 2105 BC) – Flood rains cease (According to Genesis 6–8).
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