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Chizuk Amuno Congregation


We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we
believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.

We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as
we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.

Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to
offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below.
May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!

Leap Year Changes

Two weeks ago after services, a careful reader of the Siddur (prayerbook) noticed an anomaly and asked me a question about it,

“Why do we add the phrase kapparat pesha (forgiveness of sins) to the musaf amidah of Rosh Hodesh only in Jewish leap years?”

Well friend I am glad you asked, because while I’ve also noticed the anomaly, your question inspired me to find an answer.

The paragraph in the musaf amidah for Rosh Hodesh that begins “Our God and God of our ancestors … (page 495 in Sim Shalom)” includes twelve different blessing requested for the new month. These blessings are for things like goodness, joy, gladness, and consolation. Twelve blessings for twelve months of the year. On leap years when we add a thirteenth month to the calendar, we add one more blessing to bring the number of blessings to a lucky thirteen.

Hodesh Tov – have a wonderful month!