Shabbos Hachodesh

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torahThis coming Shabbos, the Shabbos immediately preceding Rosh Chodesh Nissan, we read Parshas Hachodesh which discusses the proclamation of the new moon and the new month, to inaugurate the month of Nissan. According to all opinions this is a Rabbinic obligation, and women are not obligated in this reading. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 685:1

Some have the custom to say the tefillah of Yom Kippur Koton at Mincha on erev Rosh Chodesh Nissan, and fast until after mincha, even if they do not regularly say it on erev Rosh Chodesh. {Because Nissan is the beginning of the year according to the opinion of R’ Yehoshuah that the world was created in Nissan} (Mes. Rosh Hashanah 11a). (Rosh Chodesh Nissan will be Tuesday, 16 March). Birchas Hapesach 1:3, Darchei Chaim V’Sholom 535

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