The importance of saying the prayers for the sanctification of the moon – Kiddush HaLevana

At a gathering on this Shabbat, the Rebbe spoke about the importance of saying the prayers for the sanctification of the moon – Kiddush HaLevana, allowing that perhaps the reason this mitzva has not been meticulously observed recently is because the prayer must be recited outside and people feel uncomfortable about it.

However, as the Rebbe expressed so many times, we are literally on the threshold of the Redemption. Now is the time to brush up on any observances that were possibly neglected in the past, as a way of further preparing ourselves for the imminent Redemption.

It is customary to recite Kiddush Levana together with as many people as possible, but preferably with at least one other person.

In most prayer books, the prayers for the Sanctification of the Moon are found after the evening service or after the Havdala service of Saturday night.

The blessing may be recited only until the conclusion of the fifteenth day after the rebirth of the moon. According to Kabala, the blessing should not be recited before he seventh day after the rebirth of the moon.

The blessing should be recited under the open skies, but may not be recited when the moon is covered with clouds.

It is preferably to recite the blessing on Saturday night, while one is still in festive clothing.

The ceremony of the Sanctification of the Moon includes the following verse from Song of Songs: “The voice of my beloved! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, skipping over the hills.” On this verse, the Yalkut Shimoni comments: ” ‘The voice of my beloved’ – this refers to Moshiach. He comes and tells Israel, ‘You will be redeemed this month.’ ”

May Moshiach leap over any and all obstacles that hold back the Redemption and allow this promise to be realized. Moshiach NOW!!!