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Rosh Hashanah - No New Moon Sighting

Due to extraordinarily rare atmospheric conditions Monday night in Israel (a red sky with sand in the air reminiscent of Matthew 16:3), the moon has still remained hidden.

Unlike the traditional Rabbinic calendar, Karaite and many Messianic Jews rely only on the Bible and the sighting of the new moon by two witnesses to determine the date.  And reports from all over Israel have come in saying the sand blocked the moon.  Therefore, by default, Rosh Hashanah (Tishri 1) will start tomorrow (Tuesday, September 15th) in the late morning in the United States (sundown in Israel).

Today is therefore a special day, Elul 30.  Here is what sundown looked like over Jerusalem:


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2 comments :

  1. That's crazy! The date doesn't change because of conditions. ONLY they could get away with this non-sense.

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  2. All Biblical months are established by the sighting of the new moon. Every verse in the Bible on the subject confirms this. Even the Hebrew word for month "Chodesh" affirms this: it means literally "new moon". Biblically a new moon is the first visible sliver of its waxing phase. Karaite and Messianic calendars are still based on the Biblical definition while the traditional Rabbinic calendar is not.

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