“Proclaiming a Leap Year of Faith” was the title of the message sent out by Nehemia Gordon of the Karaite community in Jerusalem after he and his team concluded that barley in Israel was not yet Aviv and that the new moon sighted today indicated the beginning of the 13th month.
Here’s the final report…
** Barley not Aviv, 13th New Moon Sighted, Passover April 22
After scouring the Land of Israel for Aviv Barley, the Aviv Search Team has concluded beyond any doubt that the time of the Aviv has not yet arrived. We found individual stalks of Aviv barley in the Judean Desert and northern Negev. However, we did not find any fields with substantial quantities of Aviv Barley.
**Special Note: To learn more about the process of identifying Aviv barley, Nehemia and team recorded this year’s search which can be found at… http://www.nehemiaswall.com/hebrew-voices-proclaiming-a-leap-year-of-faith
The answer is clear. The new moon sighted on March 10, 2016 is the beginning of the 13th Hebrew Month. The First Hebrew Month, Chodesh Ha-Aviv, will begin on April 8, 2016 (barring clouds). The festival of Passover (Chag HaMatzot) will begin April 22 at sunset and Shavuot will fall out on Sunday June 12, 2016.
We sighted the new moon of the 13th Hebrew Month on March 10, 2016 from Jerusalem. The new moon was first sighted by Keith Johnson followed shortly thereafter by Nehemia Gordon, Yoel Halevi, Devorah Gordon, and Gil Ashendorf. The new moon was also sighted on March 10, 2016:
*from Tel Aviv by David Cachicas at 5:41pm and shortly thereafter by Daniela Cachicas.
*from Tel Aviv by Willie Ondricek at 5:46pm.
*from Poriyya Illit at 5:50pm.
*from Arad by Judith Rood and Ava Williams at 5:59pm.
Photos of the new moon are posted at:
As for me, I obviously took a leap of faith when I said in a previous post that this year would be a leap year before the actual barley was inspected. However, I was told in the spirit that it was okay to post the information about the connection between the Daniel 12 prophecy and leap years when it was shown to me in February. The process of locating Aviv barley to bring in the new year reminds me that while man can calculate, it is the Most High who ultimately sets seasons and corresponding events in place.
Shalom in the Master!