[Avodah] Does Rosh Chodesh have Kedusha?

Micha Berger micha at aishdas.org
Mon Feb 22 14:49:44 PST 2021

On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 09:15:34AM -0500, Akiva Miller via Avodah wrote:
> But that is missing on Yom Tov. It turns out that the last bracha on the
> haftara on Yom Tov has the same "problem" that I saw in the Musaf of Rosh
> Chodesh. Perhaps I am mistaken? Maybe it's okay for the chasima of a bracha
> to differ somewhat from the content of the body of that bracha? Maybe it is
> sufficient that they are both about the *specialness* of the day, and I'm
> putting too much emphasis on the *kedusha* of the day.

The last phrase of any berakhah (that isn't just a one sentence "Barukh")
is supposed to be me'ein hachasimah. But it can drift all over the place
in between. Any berakhah that covers multiple topics has to be a berakhah
arukhah -- barukh at beginning and last sentence; or semuchah lechaverta
and thus the first barukh can be omitted. (The AhS invokes this idea to
explain the structure of Birkhas haZon (the first berakhah of bentchen).

The middle berakhah on Shabbos, Yom Tov, or Rosh Chodesh is apparently
a berakhah arukhah hasemukhah lechaverta. Therefore, it is allowed to
have multiple topics, never mind insisting it closely match the chasimah.

As long as the close is me'ein hachasimah.

Tir'u baTov!

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