Biblical New Year
‘ So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.’ Psalms 90:12
According to Exodus 12, the first month of the year is the month in which the Lord brought us out of Egypt.
“Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but my people know not the rules of the Lord.”
In Deuteronomy 16.1 it is written that the first month of the biblical year is called Aviv.
Aviv is also the season – spring, that starts in Israel during the time of Pesach.
Currently we call the first month “Nisan”, however this name is only mentioned in Nehemiah 2.1 and Esther 3.7. This happens because the names of the months were changed after the Babylonian exile.
Aviv means spring, and relates to the barley harvest.
This year the 1st of Aviv, the true Rosh HaShana, Head of the year will be from the sunset of March 25th to the sunset of March 26th.
Thus, we are a few hours of true biblical New Year. How to celebrate it then?
There is a commandment for all beginning/head of the month (Rosh Chodesh) or day/feast of the new moon.
“And on days of joy and on your regular feasts and on the first day of every month, let the horns be
sounded over your burned offerings and your peace-offerings; and they will put the Lord in mind of you: I am the Lord your God.“
This commandment is forgotten by many of us, but in other verses, we see that is treated with the
same importance as the Sabbaths and the Feasts:
“See! I am building a house for the name of the Lord my God, to be made holy to him, where perfumes of sweet spices will be burned before him, and the holy bread will be placed at all times, and burned offerings will be offered morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and at the new moons, and on the regular
feasts of the Lord our God. This is a law for ever to Israel.”
2 Chronicles 2:4
“Saying, When will the new moon be gone, so that we may do trade in grain? and the Sabbath, so that we may put out in the market the product of our fields? Making the measure small and
the price great, and trading falsely with scales of deceit;” Amos 8:5
“This is what the Lord has said: The doorway of the inner square looking to the east is to be shut on the
six working days; but on the Sabbath it is to be open, and at the time of the new moon it is to be open.“
This Rosh Chodesh of 1st of Aviv, is also called Rosh Chodashim (Head of the Months).
We should celebrate it with the sound of the Shofar, Worship, Prayer and Offerings, blessing the new
biblical year that begins.
May we flourish and be fruitful! Let’s also have a heart ready for Pesach which will be held on the 14th
of Aviv! Leviticus 23.5
“My loved one said to me, Get up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, see, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers are come on the earth; the time of cutting the vines is come, and the voice of the dove is sounding in our land; The fig-tree puts out her green fruit and the vines with their young fruit give a good smell. Get up from your bed, my beautiful one, and come away. O my dove, you are in the holes of the mountain sides, in the cracks of the high hills; let me see your face, let your voice come to my ears; for sweet is your voice, and your face is fair.”
Shana Tovah Umetukah! A Good and sweet Year!