Women throughout the Jewish world have been creating rituals and observances specifically geared to their interests and needs. One of the most popular is the resuscitation of rosh chodesh [new moon] celebrations, an observance that was part of the women’s domain even in ancient days.
Since such celebrations are based upon minhag (custom) rather than on prescribed behavior, women have displayed enormous creativity in reclaiming these observances. Programs range from traditional text study to the reading of feminist literature to chanting and fire ceremonies. The choice is highly personal and sometimes experimental.
While the idea of preparing a monthly activity might seem daunting, the ever-increasing number of successful rosh chodesh groups reinforces the fact that the benefits far outweigh the difficulties.
Most importantly, remember that the beauty of a rosh chodesh celebration is its inclusion of all types of expression and experimentation in an environment that is receptive, creative and non-threatening.
You will find, in a very short time that you are looking forward to your monthly gatherings!
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