Category: Calendar and Feasts

Articles about the biblical calendar and feast days

The Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew Calendar

For people who have embraced Torah observance later in life rather than having been born into it, the Hebrew calendar can be confusing, and even a point of contention. We want to observe the appointed times correctly, but the Torah does not provide calendar calculation specifics.

Established Israelite communities today (the various flavors of Judaism and the Samaritans) generally do not question the calendars they follow, as they have been in place for centuries. But are they correct?

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What about the Lunar Sabbath?

What about the Lunar Sabbath?

A number of people seem to be convinced that the Sabbath (Hebrew: Shabbat) cycle must be based on the cycle of the moon, rather than repeating seven day weeks. The lunar Sabbath theory seems to be driven by the fact that most of the other appointed times (Hebrew: mo’edim) such as Pesach, Chag HaMatzot, Yom Teruah, Yom HaKippurim and Sukkot are all set on specific days of specific months.Lunar Sabbath proponents hold that the first day of the new month is “New Moon Day”, (a rest day but not a Sabbath), and the weekly cycle for the month begins on the second day of the month. This makes the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th days of the month the Sabbath rest days. This type of Sabbath cycle has the Sabbath falling on different days of our modern Julian calendar week each month. One month the Sabbaths might all begin on Tuesday while the following month they begin on Thursday.

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