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New York City
August 24, 2014 – 26 Av 5774
7:23 p.m. NYC E.D.T.



Sabbath Ends: 8:25 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 8:55 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Weekly Reading: Re’eh
Weekly Haftara: Aniyah So’ara (Isaiah 54:11-55:5; see below)
Daf Yomi: Moed Katan 11
Mishna Yomit: Temurah 7:2-3
Halacha Yomit: Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 447:6-8
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Tum’as Ochlin chap. 4-6
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:20 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunrise: 6:13 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:35 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunset: 7:43 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Pirkei Avos: 6

This Shabbos is Shabbos Mevorchim; the molad of Elul is on Monday evening, 34 minutes 14 chalakim (a chelek is 1/18 of a minute) past 7:00 p.m. NYC E.D.T. Rosh Chodesh is two days, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Rosh Chodesh Elul: Monday night Maariv we add Ya’aleh VeYavo. At Maariv only, one does not repeat the Amida if he forgot to say Ya’aleh VeYavo (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 422:1, based on Berachos 30b, which explains that this is due to the fact that we do not sanctify the month at night). Following the Shemoneh Esreh, the chazzan recites Kaddish Tiskabbel followed by Aleinu, Kaddish Yasom.

Tues. morning: Shacharis with inclusion of Ya’aleh VeYavo in the Shemoneh Esreh, half Hallel, Kaddish Tiskabbel. We take out one Sefer Torah. We read in Parashas Pinchas (Bamidbar 28:1‑15), we call four Aliyos (Kohen, Levi, Yisrael, Yisrael), the Baal Keria recites half Kaddish. We return the Torah to the Aron, and continue with Ashrei, U’va LeTziyyon – we delete Lamenatze’ach. The chazzan recites half Kaddish; all then remove their tefillin. (Other minhagim are to remove the tefillin before the half Kaddish recital – see Mishna Berura, Orach Chayyim 25:59.)

Musaf of Rosh Chodesh, followed by Reader’s repetition and Kaddish Tiskabbel, Aleinu, Shir Shel Yom, Borchi Nafshi and their respective Kaddish recitals (for mourners). Nusach Sefarad say Shir Shel Yom and Borchi Nafshi after [half] Hallel, and before Aleinu they add Ein K’Elokeinu with Kaddish DeRabbanan.

Mincha: In the Shemoneh Esreh we say Ya’aleh VeYavo, which we also add to Birkas Hamazon as well as mention of Rosh Chodesh in Beracha Acharona (Me’ein Shalosh) at all times.

Tuesday eve. and Wednesday, the 2nd day of Rosh Chodesh, the order of the day is the same as yesterday.

We start to sound the shofar from the second day of Rosh Chodesh at the conclusion of Musaf, and at the conclusion of the Shacharit Tefilla on subsequent days for the entire month of Elul. We then say LeDavid Hashem Ori (Psalms 27), morning and evening, until Shemini Atzeres. We start reciting that psalm only after Shacharis but not after Ma’ariv the night before. The Sephardic and Oriental communities also start the recital of Selichos. (Minhag Ashkenaz is to start from the immediate Saturday night before Rosh Hashana. (This year on September 21.)

Kiddush Levana at first opportunity (we usually wait until Motza’ei Shabbos).

The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142. – Y.K.