Rosh Hodesh Treat

The singing started spontaneously somewhere, I don’t think it was with the shaliah tzibur, but pasuk by pasuk more and more people joined until the final pasuk there was a crescendo and the whole beit knesset was singing, “V’anachu nevarech Yah, ma-atah va’ad olam, Halleluyah!

As I looked around Yahalom (the beit knesset at the school my son attends) I couldn’t help but be deeply touched by what I saw.  Let me explain the pasuk in reference to the experience.

V’anachnu” starts with a “vav” which means “and”,  and anachnu means “we” – so, the simple meaning is, “and we”.

“And” is like links in a chain, meaning that there is a continuous experience.  Just like we were singing Hallel today, so too our fathers, and our father’s fathers before us, sang Hallel on Rosh Hodesh.  The experience is linear in time.  It did not change, there is nothing new – they sang Hallel and so do we.

Anachnu” or “we” speaks of the present and in today’s experiece there was a broad spectrum of “we“.  There were Ashkenazim, Sephardim, Chasidim, Charadim, Yeminites, Bnei Menashe (from India), children (sixth graders) singing with their high pitched voices, IDF soldiers, rebbes and teachers, principals, baal habatim, yeshiva students, kollel avreichim, retirees, some wore a kippa sruga, others wore black velvet, there were curly bobbing peyot and behind the ear payot, some in tee-shirts and others in black suits, the list goes on – but at that moment we were “anachnu” – a cross-section of Jewry, a unified unit, lev ehad, doing the same thing that has been done for thousands of years!

“Nevarech Yah” means, ” will bless G-d”.  Truly the function of a Jew – what more can be said.

Ma-atah va’ad olam” means “from now until eternity”.  Once again we have the time line continuation where our praise/blessing of the Creator does not stop with us but will continue for further generations.  Since G-d is eternal, so too will we have the sublime pleasure of singing praise and blessings to Him.

Halleluyah!” – “Praise G-d!”

Hodesh Tov!


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4 responses to “Rosh Hodesh Treat

  1. Chava Docks


    • aliyahlift

      Me too! The wonderful thing about Yahalom is that there is no fixed nusach. If the shaliach tzibur is Ashkenazi then the the tefillah is Askenazi, if Sephardi, then the tefillah is Sephardi. The harmony is refreshing.

      • Aidel & Baruch Heller


        Where is the Yahalom shul located in Ma’alot? My husband and I are planning aliyah to Ma’alot in 1 1/2 years. It sounds like a special shul. I’d like to know where it is on the map, as we are considering different neighborhoods in which to live. Thanks so much. Kol tuv.

      • aliyahlift

        Hi and thank you for reading! Yahalom is on Keren Ha’ Yesod Street in the original neighborhood close to the corner of KKL St. Yahalom is the name (and location) of the boy’s Torani school. The Hesder Yeshiva is next door.

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