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Keeping Alert wrote:This year's RH happens to be on a sabbath... which may or may not have significance... just saying...
Reborn wrote:According to HebCal & the Jewish news sites I go to (Y'net, Haaretz, JPost, etc) the Feast of Trumpets begins on sundown this coming Wednesday night and goes through to Thursday evening at sundown. In other words, the first full day of RH would be on Thursday (September 9th).
http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?year=2010 ... t+Calendar
Keeping Alert wrote:Keeping Alert wrote:This year's RH happens to be on a sabbath... which may or may not have significance... just saying...Reborn wrote:According to HebCal & the Jewish news sites I go to (Y'net, Haaretz, JPost, etc) the Feast of Trumpets begins on sundown this coming Wednesday night and goes through to Thursday evening at sundown. In other words, the first full day of RH would be on Thursday (September 9th).
http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?year=2010 ... t+Calendar
That's how much I am of a date watcher
Wednesday is my birthday. Just sayin ...
watching wrote:Reborn wrote:The only dates I bite into wholeheartedly are the ones I buy at the store.
I'd be a little careful there, Reborn, don't they have a giant pit in them?
Karaite Korner Newsletter #476
New Moon Report
Seventh Biblical Month
On Thursday September 9, 2010 observers looked for the new moon from Jerusalem,
Ramle, Tekoa (Kefar Eldad), Aminadav Forest, and Mount Hezekiah in the Eilat
Mountains but the moon was not visible from any of these locations around
Israel. At Mount Hezekiah we had a clear horizon and used binoculars to try and
locate the moon (even though a binoculars sighting alone would not count). The
moon was not visible from Israel, not with the naked eye and not even through
binoculars. This means the biblical month and the festival of Yom Teruah will
begin Friday night September 10. We will look for the moon tomorrow night and
report our observation. However, a lunar month can only be 29 or 30 days and
therefore the tomorrow night will be new moon day by default.
There are three types of "markers" that God has established, all of them in the sky. One marker is sunset, another marker is a lunar conjunction, and the third marker is the spring equinox. Sunset (i.e. a specific sunset) is God's marker for starting the weekly Sabbath. Lunar conjunctions (specific ones) are God's markers for determining the annual Feasts and Holy Days. And the spring equinox is God's marker for determining the start of a new year.
In the same way as it would be totally inappropriate to "average out" sunset times, God's markers for the weekly Sabbath, so likewise is it totally inappropriate to "average out" lunar conjunctions, God's markers for determining His annual observances. And in the same way it is equally inappropriate to "average out" (or just plain ignore!) the time of the spring equinox, God's marker for determining the start of a new year. These last two points eliminate the Jewish calendar molads as possible markers for the annual observances, as well as eliminating them for determining the start of a new year. Molads are only "averaged out" values in a system which callously disregards the occurrences of the spring equinoxes.
The weekly Sabbath never starts before sunset. And the annual observances should never start before the conjunction. And the year should never start before the spring equinox marker has been met. Starting either category of observances before the God-ordained marker has been met would attempt to set apart some of the time that preceded that marker, time that was neither identified nor set apart for consideration by God.
So today any church member can easily carry out the following 7 steps:
1. Look up the date and time for the first conjunction after the spring equinox.
2. Convert this to local Jerusalem time.
3. Determine whether this is before or after sunset in Jerusalem.
4. Select the sunset that FOLLOWS the conjunction to be the start of Day 1 of the first month of the year.
5. Apply the instructions in Leviticus 23 to determine the dates for Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost.
6. Follow the same process for the seventh conjunction.
7. Apply the instructions in Leviticus 23 to determine the dates for Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles and the Last Great Day.
AND THAT IS ALL THERE IS TO IT! THAT IS IT!
TIME OF THE EQUINOX = March 20, 19:57 (7:57 p.m.)
FIRST NEW MOON IN THE SPRING = April 14, 14:50 (2:50 p.m.)
THE DAY OF THAT FIRST NEW MOON = April 14
FIRST DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH = April 15
PASSOVER (14TH DAY) = April 28
FIRST DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD = April 29
SEVENTH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD = May 5
PENTECOST = June 20
SEVENTH NEW MOON OF THE YEAR = October 7, 21:05 (9:05 p.m.)
THE DAY OF THAT SEVENTH NEW MOON = October 8
FIRST DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH = October 9
THE HOLY DAY OF TRUMPETS = October 9
THE HOLY DAY OF ATONEMENT = October 18
FIRST DAY OF TABERNACLES = October 23
LAST GREAT DAY = October 30
A lunar conjunction is the event when the earth, moon and sun, in that order, are approximately in a straight line. (See conjunction (astronomy) for a precise definition.) It is sometimes referred to as the new moon, though traditionally and Biblically new moon refers to observance by earth bound individuals of the first visible crescent of rebuilding moon light. The period of time between two lunar conjunctions is the synodic month, which is a basic unit in most lunar and lunisolar calendars such as the Islamic calendar and the Hebrew calendar.
Some ignore barley altogether and set Abib 1 according to the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is that instant when the sun is directly above the earth's equator while going from the south to the north (for inhabitants of the northern hemisphere). It is the time that most people take as the definition of the beginning of spring.”
Those who employ the vernal equinox point to Genesis 1:14, claiming that the sun, moon, and stars set the Feasts. It is true that the sun divides day from night and establishes the seasons, while the new moon sets the beginning of months. Yet, nowhere in the entire Bible can one find where the vernal equinox establishes Abib. We can go even further and say unequivocally that nowhere in the Bible is there even any mention of the vernal equinox. To say that Genesis 1:14 refers to the vernal equinox is reading into Scripture what isn't there.
Passover is related to spring through the growing cycle of crops. First and foremost, it must occur in the month of Abib. And Abib is a condition of grain as much as it is a time of the year. The King James Version has led some astray in the way it translates moed in Exodus 13:10, Num. 9:2, 3, 7, and 13. The KJV uses "season" in these verses, causing some to believe that the command is specifically for springtime, and therefore must involve the vernal equinox. In reality, the Hebrew moed simply means "set time" or "appointed time." Yahweh has set Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread by the criteria of the crops, not by a purely astronomical reckoning known as the vernal equinox.
The vast majority of Jews gradually got away from actually looking for the green ears of barley, going instead by a calculated calendar that involved the vernal equinox. This was done for the sake of convenience. But Yahweh tells us that His growing cycle reveals the proper month for His Feasts.
Karaite Korner Newsletter #452
Aviv Found in Jordan Valley!
This morning (March 12, 2010) we found Aviv barley in the Jordan Valley in two
fields just north of the Israeli army checkpoint. We took three samplings from
these fields and they were 90-100% Aviv. I posted two videos of these fields on
Youtube, taken with my new Flip MinoHD video camera:
We also found Aviv barley further south in the Jordan Valley and smaller
quantities near Ein Mabua.
Thanks to Devorah Gordon and Shoshanah Waterman for participating in this
preliminary Aviv excursion. The main Aviv Search will still go ahead on March
16-17 but what we found so far is already enough to call it for this year. This
means the new biblical year will begin on March 17, 2010 at sunset.
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