How Yom Teruah Became Rosh Hashanah
"In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts." Leviticus 23:24
On Friday September 26, 2014, observers in Israel sighted the new moon. The new moon was first sighted:
*from Kiryat Ata by Yoel Halevi at 6:31 pm;
*from Jerusalem by Devorah Levine at 6:37 pm;
*from Tel Aviv by Rebekah Bibb and Lavinia Voelker at 6:44pm;
*from Poriyya Illit by Kenny and Hayley Russell at 6:45 pm.
The photo at the top of this message was taken from Kiryat Ata by Yoel Halevi of Hebrew in Israel at 6:53 pm. More photos of the new moon from different locations in Israel are posted at:
You may be wondering how the biblical festival of Yom Teruah became Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year. Every time someone wishes me a "Shanah Tovah", a Happy New Year in Hebrew, I agonize at how the faith of Moses has been so openly hijacked by the cult of Babylon. Learn more at:
Don't miss my discussion with Keith about the challenges of this year's new moon sighting for Yom Teruah at:
For a different Karaite Jewish perspective on Yom Teruah, check out Shawn Lichaa's article at:
In this week's Torah Pearls, Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Ha’azinu covering Deuteronomy 32. The song of Moses provides a lyrical backdrop for discussing the beauty and message of Moses’ last words to the people. Gordon explains poetic structure and rhythm as well as how poetic names are formed in Hebrew. The trio explores the repeated references to the “rock” in this song and clarifies who “they” refers to—Israel or the nations. Johnson expounds on the beauty inherit in the Tanach for Christians—with no retrofits needed—while Gordon highlights the passage equating “calling out the name of Yehovah” with “giving greatness” to the Name. The trio concludes with all the conviction of Moses—that there simply are not any other gods out there. To listen to this week's episode, click:
Happy Un-New Year!
The Wandering Jew in Charlotte, North Carolina