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29 Kislev 5760 - December 8, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Vayigash

Sunday, 3 Teves - Shabbos, 9 Teves
(Dec. 12-18, 1999)

Yevomos 12-18
Kesuvos 46-52

Shabbos 2:5-5:3

Orach Chaim 205:4-208:12

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Mikeitz
4:00 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
4:14 P.M.

Parshas Vayigash
4:02 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
4:16 P.M.

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Additional Luach Information:

The earliest time of Kiddush Levonoh -- Teves

The time of Kiddush Levonoh everywhere in the world begins on Motzei Shabbos parshas Mikeitz, the eve of 3 Kislev (Dec. 11), from the beginning of the night, in Eretz Yisroel.

The astronomical new moon precedes the molad this month by approximately five hours, and is on Wednesday morning, 29 Kislev (Dec. 8) at 12:32 A.M., the morning of Monday, 29 Cheshvan, 5759 (Nov. 8), in Eretz Yisroel. Since during the three days after the molad the moon passes its apogee (its highest point) and advances very slowly not only the entire influence of the astronomical new moon's early appearance is canceled but it even slightly follows later than its calculated position according to the molad. This information is significant for those who act according to the Chazon Ish and do not make a berochoh on the moon until it is big and high in the sky. Of course, on Motzei Shabbos in western USA and Canada the moon will be much larger and higher in the sky than in the extreme eastern countries. In Eretz Yisroel even where people daven Maariv three quarters of an hour after sunset and say Vayiten lecho the moon will still be a little low at that time. However, it must be decided whether one is permitted to annul the ma'aloh of saying Kiddush Levonoh on Motzei Shabbos especially during the clouded winter nights.

(Birur Halocho, V, Orach Chaim 426 and 601)

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