Reviewing the prayers of Rosh Chodesh

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Reviewing the prayers:[1]

One is required to review the Rosh Chodesh prayers prior to Davening in order so he is fluent in the prayer.[2] However, in today’s times the custom is to be lenient in this matter.[3]


[1] Admur 100/1; Michaber 100/1; Rambam 4/19

[2] The reason: As the dialect of the prayers of Rosh Chodesh is not so well known to people being that it is not commonly recited other than on mere occasion. [Admur ibid]

[3] Admur ibid; Rama ibid

The reason: Some have justified this custom by explaining that the above requirement of reviewing the prayers was only applicable in previous times when the prayer was recited by heart. However today that we Daven from a Siddur, there is no need to review the prayers beforehand, as one sees the words that he needs to say. Nonetheless, by a prayer in which one does not know the meaning of the words, one is certainly required to study and review it prior to Davening, as having a Siddur will be of no help in this regard. [Admur ibid; Taz 100/1]

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