Aviv Barley Found
Hebrew year to begin with new moon on March 21, 2015
On March 15, 2015 we headed out for a preliminary Aviv Search. We ended up finding Aviv barley at five locations, three in the Northern Negev (Tel Gamah, Gamah Junction, Mishmar Ha-Negev) and two in the Jordan Valley (Tel Malkoach and Nachal Talkid). The barley at Mishmar Ha-Negev was 6-row domesticated Aviv barley. All the rest was 2-row wild Aviv barley. The photo at the top of this message is of 2-row wild Aviv barley at Gamah Junction in the Northern Negev. More photos of Aviv barley at the other four locations are posted at:
This means the next new moon expected (barring clouds) on March 21, 2015 will mark the beginning of the Hebrew year. Assuming the moon is sighted on March 21, the Feast of Unleavened Bread will run from sunset on April 4 until sunset April 11, 2015. Shavuot will fall out sunset May 23 until sunset May 24, 2015.
Happy New Year!
The Aviv Hunting Jew in Jerusalem