Please join us as we celebrate Rosh Chodesh each month together with many other Messianic Jewish believers; check our calendar for dates! See you at shul or see you online!
What is Rosh Chodesh? Rosh Chodesh or Rosh ḥodesh, (Hebrew: ראש חודש; trans. Beginning of the Month; lit. Head of the Month), is the name for the first day of every month in the Hebrew calendar, marked by the appearance of the New Moon. It is considered a minor holiday. It is not as serious as other holidays, such as the Shabbat, Passover etc., when Jews refrain from working, but it is celebrated to some extent. The Bible, for example, says “on the day of your celebration and holidays and on the firsts of your months” seemingly putting the holidays and Rosh Chodesh in the same category.
In the past, Israelites would not work at all on Rosh Chodesh. In a conversation with King David, for example, Jonathan (son of King Saul and David’s best friend) refers to the day before Rosh Chodesh as the “day of work” i.e., in contrast to the following day, Rosh Chodesh, when there would be no work.