What is the basis for the calendar used in the Yom Qodesh?

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Before using the Yom Qodesh (the guide to the Torah Portion through to the end of the Feast of Tabernacles in 2017 – available for purchase at http://cepher.net/product/yom-­‐‑ qodesh/), the code of the Scriptural calendar must be deciphered! If you herald from the Gregorian world, you will look at these dates and scratch your head. So, to best understand the days we are discussing, we Oirst review the calendar that is used in the development of this book.

We begin with the Jubilee. What a great year a Jubilee year is. It is the 50th year in a 50 year cycle called a Jubilee (in Hebrew, a Yovheliym), which is a year of freedom and reliance.

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 25:8-­‐‑17

And you shall number seven Sabbaths of years unto you, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto you forty and nine years. 9 Then shall you cause the shofar of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in Yom Kippur shall ye make the shofar sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow את the Aiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11 A jubilee shall that Aiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed. 12 For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the Aield. 13 In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. 14 And if you sell ought unto your neighbor, or buy ought of your neighbor's hand, ye shall not oppress one another: 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee you shall buy of your neighbor, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto you: 16 According to the multitude of years you shall increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years you shall diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits does he sell unto you. 17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but you shall fear your ELOHIYM: for I am YAHUAH your ELOHIYM.

As we can see, the Jubilee year is announced on an important day on the calendar that is established Oirst in Scripture. We will call that calendar the Holy Calendar. In that calendar, .יום and a day is a called a yom ,חודש a month is called a chodesh ,שנה a year is called a shaneh

So, you start your count at year one, which is the Oirst year. At the end of that year, you en-­‐‑ ter into year two, and so on. Every seventh year is called a Sabbath year or a Sabbatical year. So, when you have gone through seven of these Sabbatical years (year 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42 and 49) you arrive at the 50th year, which is the Jubilee year. Then, you start your count again, beginning with year one.

Our Yom Qodesh assumes that the Gregorian year ending with 17 and 67 are Jubilee years, and that the Gregorian calendar year 2017 is the 120th Jubilee, or six thousand years from the breathing of the soul into Adam, the Oirst man.

Jubilee Years

120: 2017 90: 517 60: -­‐‑983 30: -­‐‑2483
119: 1967 89: 467 59: -­‐‑1033 29: -­‐‑2533
118: 1917 88: 417 58: -­‐‑1083 28: -­‐‑2583
117: 1867 87: 367 57: -­‐‑1133 27: -­‐‑2633
116: 1817 86: 317 56: -­‐‑1183 26: -­‐‑2683
115: 1767 85: 267 55: -­‐‑1233 25: -­‐‑2733
114: 1717 84: 217 54: -­‐‑1283 24: -­‐‑2783
113: 1667 83: 167 53: -­‐‑1333 23: -­‐‑2833
112: 1617 82: 117 52: -­‐‑1383 22: -­‐‑2883
111: 1567 81: 67 51: -­‐‑1433 21: -­‐‑2933
110: 1517 80: 17 50: -­‐‑1483 20: -­‐‑2983
109: 1467 79: -­‐‑33 49: -­‐‑1533 19: -­‐‑3033
108: 1417 78: -­‐‑83 48: -­‐‑1583 18: -­‐‑3083
107: 1367 77: -­‐‑133 47: -­‐‑1633 17: -­‐‑3133
106: 1317 76: -­‐‑183 46: -­‐‑1683 16: -­‐‑3183
105: 1267 75: -­‐‑233 45: -­‐‑1733 15: -­‐‑3233
104: 1217 74: -­‐‑283 44: -­‐‑1783 14: -­‐‑3283
103: 1167 73: -­‐‑333 43: -­‐‑1833 13: -­‐‑3333
102: 1117 72: -­‐‑383 42: -­‐‑1883 12: -­‐‑3383
101: 1067 71: -­‐‑433 41: -­‐‑1933 11: -­‐‑3433
100: 1017 70: -­‐‑483 40: -­‐‑1983 10: -­‐‑3483
99: 967 69: -­‐‑533 39: -­‐‑2033 9: -­‐‑3533
98: 917 68: -­‐‑583 38: -­‐‑2083 8: -­‐‑3583
97: 867 67: -­‐‑633 37: -­‐‑2133 7: -­‐‑3633
96: 817 66: -­‐‑683 36: -­‐‑2183 6: -­‐‑3683
95: 767 65: -­‐‑733 35: -­‐‑2233 5: -­‐‑3733
94: 717 64: -­‐‑783 34: -­‐‑2283 4: -­‐‑3783
93: 667 63: -­‐‑833 33: -­‐‑2333 3: -­‐‑3833
92: 617 62: -­‐‑883 32: -­‐‑2383 2: -­‐‑3883
91: 567 61: -­‐‑933 31: -­‐‑2433 1: -­‐‑3933


Now we know that the Jubilee year is a year of rest in the 50th year, and we know that every seventh year is a Sabbatical year, so years 49 and 50 are both Sabbath years. That means two years in a row. Now, for purposes of the last seventy years, let’s map the Sabbatical years:



Now, let’s map the Sabbatical years surrounding the birth of Yahusha HaNetzeri:



This answers all of the questions concerning the Jubilee year (except for that one question that remains unanswered).

Let’s continue and see if we can discover how the year-­‐‑ the Shaneh -­‐‑ is calculated. Shemot (Exodus) 12:1-­‐‑2

AndYAHUAHְיהָֹוה spokeאָ ַמרtoMosesמֶֹשׁהandAaronאַ ֲהרוׂןinthelandֶאֶרץ ofEgyptִמ ְצַרִים ,say-­‐‑ ing 2 ,אָ ַמר This month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ shall be to you the beginning ר ֹאשׁ of months ח ֹ ֶדשׁ: it shall be the Airst ִראשׁוׂן month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ of the year ָשׁ ָנה to you.

As it turns out, this month is called aviv, which also describes a condition of the winter bar-­‐‑ ley when it is ready for harvest.

Shemot (Exodus) 9:31

And the Alax ִפּ ְשׁ ֶתּה and the barley ְשׂע ָֹרה was smitten ָנ ָכה : for the barley ְשׂע ָֹרה was aviv (in the .ִגְּבעֹלwasbolledִפְּשֶׁתּהandtheAlax,אִָביב)ear

The months in scripture are named by their number, but there are exceptions. For instance, it is possible to call the Oirst month rishon (Oirst), but there are numerous references to the month being called aviv – the month of the barley ripening and its harvest.

Shemot (Exodus) 34:18

The feast ָחג of unleavened bread ַמ ָצּה shall you keep ָשׁ ַמר . Seven ֶשׁ ַבע days יוֹם you shall eatאַָכלunleavenedbreadַמָצּה,asIcommandedָצָוה you,inthetimeמוֵֹעדofthe .ִמְצַרִיםfromEgypt ָיָצאyoucameoutאִָביבAvivחֶֹדשׁforinthemonth:אִָביבAvivחֶֹדשׁmonth

The months on the Holy Calendar have names that are otherwise unknown, even though they are the true calendar.

1. Aviv אָ ִביב (Green grain) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Nisan, which means redemption.

Vayiqra (Leviticus )23:5

In the fourteenth אַ ְר ַבּע ֶע ֶשׂר day of the Airst ִראשׁוׂן month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ at even ֶע ֶרב is . ֶפּ ַסח passover ְיה ָֹוה YAHUAH’S

Devariym (Deuteronomy) 16:1

ObserveָשַׁמרthemonthחֶֹדשׁofAvivאִָביב,andkeepָעָשׂהthepassoverֶפַּסחuntoYAHUAHְיהָֹוהyour ELOHIYMֱאלִֹהים:forinthemonthחֶֹדשׁofAvivאִָביבYAHUAHְיהָֹוהyourELOHIYMֱאלִֹהיםbrought . ַלִיל by night ִמ ְצ ַרִים out of Egypt ָי ָצא you forth

2. Ziv זִו (bright Olowers) (known in the modern Jewish calendar is Iyyar, which means introspection or self-­‐‑healing.)

Melekiym Rishon (1 Kings) 6:1

And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.

3. Sheliyshiy ְשׁ ִלי ִשׁי (third) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Sivan ִסי ָון , which means the giving of the Torah.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:5

The third ְשׁ ִלי ִשׁי captain ַשׂר of the host ָצ ָבא for the third ְשׁ ִלי ִשׁי month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ was Benaiah ְבּ ָנ ָיה the son ֵבּן of Jehoiada ְיהוֹ ָי ָדע , a chief ר ֹאשׁ priest כּ ֹ ֵהן: and in his course ַמ ֲחלֹ ֶקת were twenty ֶע ְשׂ ִרים and . ֶא ֶלף thousand אַ ְר ַבּע four

Hadassah (Esther) 8:9

,ח ֹ ֶדשׁ month ְשׁ ִלי ִשׁי in the third ֵעת at that time ָק ָרא called ָס ַפר scribes ֶמ ֶלךְ Then were the king's that is, the month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ Sivan ִסי ָון , on the three ָשׁלוׂשׁ and twentieth ֶע ְשׂ ִרים day thereof; and it was written ָכּ ַתב according to all that Mordecai ָמ ְר ְדּ ַכי commanded ָצ ָוה unto the Jews ְיהוּ ִדי , and to the lieutenants ֲא ַח ְשׁ ַדּ ְר ְפּ ִנים , and the deputies ֶפּ ָחה and rulers ַשׂר of the provinces ְמ ִדי ָנה which are from India ה ֹדּוּ unto Ethiopia כּוּשׁ, an hundred ֵמאָה twenty ֶע ְשׂ ִרים and seven ֶשׁ ַבע provinces ְמ ִדי ָנה , to every province ְמ ִדי ָנה according to the writing ְכּ ָתב thereof, and to every people ַעם after their language ָלשׁוֹן , and to the Jews ְיהוּ ִדי according to their writing ְכּ ָתב , and according to their lan-­‐‑ . ָלשׁוֹן guage

4. Revi’iy ְר ִבי ִעי (fourth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Tamuz ַתּמּוּז , which means the sin of worshipping false gods.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:7

ThefourthְרִביִעיcaptainforthefourthְרִביִעיmonthחֶֹדשׁwasAsahelֲעָשׂהֵאלthebrotherאָחof Joabיוֹאָב,andZebadiahזְַבְדָיהhissonֵבּןafterאַַחרhim:andinhiscourseַמֲחלֶֹקתwere . ֶא ֶלף thousand אַ ְר ַבּע and four ֶע ְשׂ ִרים twenty

5. Chamiyshiy ֲח ִמי ִשׁי (Oifth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Av אָב, which means father.)

Melekiym Sheniy (2 Kings) 25:8

And in the Aifth ֲח ִמי ִשׁי month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ, on the seventh ֶשׁ ַבע day of the month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ, which is the nine-­‐‑ , ָבּ ֶבל of Babylon ֶמ ֶלךְ king ְנבוּ ַכ ְד ֶנא ַצּר Nebuchadnezzar ֶמ ֶלךְ of king ָשׁ ָנה year ֵתּ ַשׁע ֶע ֶשׂר ָשׁ ָנה teenth came בּוׂא Nebuzaradan ְנבוּזַ ְר ֲא ָדן , captain ַרב of the guard ַט ָבּח , a servant ֶע ֶבד of the king ֶמ ֶלךְ of : ְירוּ ָשׁ ַלם unto Jerusalem , ָבּ ֶבל Babylon

6. Shishshiy ִשׁ ִשּׁי (Sixth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Elul ֱאלוּל , which means repentance.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:9

The sixth ִשׁ ִ ׁשּי captain for the sixth ִשׁ ִ ׁשּי month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ was Ira ִעי ָרא the son ֵבּן of Ikkesh ִע ֵקּשׁ the .ֶאֶלףthousandאְַרַבּעandfourֶעְשִׂריםweretwentyַמֲחלֶֹקתandinhiscourse:ְתּקוִֹעיTekoite

Ezra v Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 6:15 , ֱאלוּל day of the month Elul ָח ֵמשׁ and Aifth ֶע ְשׂ ִרים in the twenty ָשׁ ַלם was Ainished חוֹ ָמה So the wall

.יוֹם days ְשׁ ַנ ִים and two ֲח ִמ ִשּים in Aifty 7. Ethanim איתנים (ever-­‐‑Olowing streams) (known in the modern Jewish calendar

as Tishri.) Melekiym Rishon (1 Kings) 8:2

And all the men ִאישׁ of Israel ִי ְשׂ ָר ֵאל assembled ָק ַהל themselves unto king ֶמ ֶלךְ Solomon ְשׁלֹמ ֹה at .חֶֹדשׁmonthְשִׁביִעיwhichistheseventh,איתניםEthanimֶיַרחinthemonthָחגthefeast

8. Bul בּוּל (Produce/ rain) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Kheshvan, which means the Olood of Noah – in error.)

Melekiym Rishon (1 Kings) 6:38

And in the eleventh ֶא ָחד ֶע ֶשׂר year ָשׁ ָנה , in the month ֶי ַרח Bul בּוּל, which is the eighth ְשׁ ִמי ִני month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ, was the house ַבּ ִית Ainished ָכּ ָלה throughout all the parts ָדּ ָבר thereof, and according to all the fashion ִמ ְשׁ ָפּט of it. So was he seven ֶשׁ ַבע years ָשׁ ָנה in building ָבּ ָנה it.

9. Teshiy’iy ְתּ ִשׁי ִעי (ninth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Khislev ִכּ ְס ֵלו , which means restful sleep.)

Zakaryah (Zechariah) 7:1

,ַענְּתִֹתיtheAnetothiteֲאִביֶעזֶרwasAbiezerחֶֹדשׁmonthְתִּשׁיִעיcaptainfortheninthְתִּשׁיִעיTheninth of the Benjamites ֶבּן ַה ְי ִמי ִני : and in his course ַמ ֲחלֹ ֶקת were twenty ֶע ְשׂ ִרים and ,ַדְּרָיֶושׁDarius ֶמֶלךְofking ָשָׁנהyearאְַרַבּעAnditcametopassinthefourth.ֶאֶלףthousandאְַרַבּעfour that the word ָדּ ָבר of YAHUAH ְיה ָֹוה came unto Zechariah זְ ַכ ְר ָיה in the fourth אַ ְר ַבּע day of the ninth ִכְּסֵלו;eveninChisleu,חֶֹדשׁmonthְתִּשׁיִעי

10. Asiyriy ֲע ִשׂי ִרי (tenth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Tevet ֵט ֵבת , which means divine grace.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:13

, ְנט ֹ ָפ ִתי the Netophathite ַמ ֲה ַרי was Maharai ח ֹ ֶדשׁ month ֲע ִשׂי ִרי captain for the tenth ֲע ִשׂי ִרי The tenth . ֶא ֶלף thousand אַ ְר ַבּע and four ֶע ְשׂ ִרים were twenty ַמ ֲחלֹ ֶקת and in his course :זַ ְר ִחי of the Zarhites

11. Asar ashtay ַע ְשׁ ֵתּי ֶע ֶשׂר (eleventh) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Shvat ְשׁ ָבט , which means tree of life.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:14

The eleventh ַע ְשׁ ֵתּי ֶע ֶשׂר captain for the eleventh ַע ְשׁ ֵתּי ֶע ֶשׂר month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ was Benaiah ְבּ ָנ ָיה the Pi-­‐‑ ֶע ְשׂ ִרים were twenty ַמ ֲחלֹ ֶקת and in his course : ֶא ְפ ַר ִים of Ephraim ֵבּן of the children , ִפּ ְר ָעתוׂ ִני rathonite . ֶא ֶלף thousand אַ ְר ַבּע and four

12. Asar Shenayim ְשׁנַיִם ֶע ֶשׂר (twelfth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Adar ֲא ָדר , which means strength.)

Divrei Hayamiym Rishon (1 Chronicles) 27:15

The twelfth ְשׁ ַנ ִים ֶע ֶשׂר captain for the twelfth ְשׁ ַנ ִים ֶע ֶשׂר month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ was Heldai ֶח ְל ַדּי the Ne-­‐‑ אְַרַבּעandfourֶעְשִׂריםweretwentyַמֲחלֶֹקתandinhiscourse:ָעְתִניֵאלofOthniel,ְנטָֹפִתיtophathite . ֶא ֶלף thousand

Ezra v Nechemyah (Ezra) 6:15

, ֲא ָדר Adar ְי ַרח of the month יוֹם day ְתּ ָל ָתא the third ַעד on ְי ָצא was Ainished ַבּ ִית house ֵדּן And this . ֶמ ֶלךְ the king ַדּ ְר ָי ֶושׁ of Darius ַמ ְלכּוּ of the reign ְשׁ ָנה year ֵשׁת in the sixth הוּא which was

13. Asar shalosh ָשׁלוֺשׁ ֶע ֶשׂר (thirteenth) (known in the modern Jewish calendar as Adar Sheniy, which means renewed strength.)

Now we know the names of the months, but we don’t know how to calculate the days which begin the month, and we don’t know how to calculate the day of the Oirst month. This has been a question for some time, but we can get a hint about how we calculate the Oirst day of the month, for the Oirst day in Hebrew is called Rosh HaKhodesh החודש ראש, which also means the New Moon. Isn’t that convenient?

There is but one verse that reveals to us when the Rosh HaKhodesh is calculated, and this is:

Tehilliym (Psalms) 81:3

Blowupָתַּקע theshofarשׁוָׂפרinthenewmoonחֶֹדשׁ,inthetimeappointedֶכֶּסא,onoursolemn .יוֹםday ָחגfeast

There is a debate between the word found here, which is kehseh ֶכּ ֶסא , which means (appar-­‐‑ ently) a feast of the moon, versus the word kahsah ָכּ ָסה , its root, which means to cover, clothe, hide or conceal.

And what a debate this is! Because there is only one sacred day which takes place on the Oirst day of the month, this day is then exalted by this very verse to a “solemn feast day.”

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:24

SpeakָדַּברuntothechildrenֵבּןofIsraelִיְשָׂרֵאל,sayingאַָמר,Intheseventhְשִׁביִעיmonthחֶֹדשׁ,inthe Airst ֶא ָחד day of the month ח ֹ ֶדשׁ, shall ye have a sabbath ַשׁ ָבּתוׂן , a memorial זִ ָכּרוֹן of
.ִמְקָראconvocationקֶֹדשׁoftrumpets,anholy ְתּרוָּעהblowing

This day is known as the day of shofar (trumpet) blowing, or Yom Teruah ְתּרוּ ָעה . Looking at the Psalm again, we Oind that a shofar is blown in the new moon, on our solemn feast day; so it seems to Oit.

But Yom Teruah is not a solemn feast day; rather it is a miqra ִמ ְק ָרא , which means a public assembly; a convocation. The feasts are speciOically denoted as the feast of Matza ַמ ָצּה (un-­‐‑ leavened bread), the feast of Shevua ָשׁבוּ ַע (weeks) and the feast of Sukkah ֻס ָכּה (tabernacles) or Sukkoth in the plural.

Divrei Hayamiym Sheniy (2 Chronicles) 8:13

Even after a certain rate ָדּ ָבר every day יוֹם, offering ָע ָלה according to the commandment ִמ ְצ ָוה of ,מוֵֹעדandonthesolemnfeasts,חֶֹדשׁandonthenewmoons,ַשָׁבּתonthesabbaths,מֶֹשׁהMoses three ָשׁלוׂשׁ times ַפּ ַעם in the year ָשׁ ָנה , even in the feast ָחג of unleavened bread ַמ ָצּה , and in the .ֻסָכּהoftabernaclesָחגandinthefeast,ָשׁבוַּעofweeksָחגfeast

Here, the scripture distinguishes between the new moons and the solemn feasts, each of which are called moed מוֹ ֵעד, which means an appointed, solemn feast. There are three solemn feasts: Matza, Shevua and Sukkoth. Yom Teruah, on the other hand, is a miqra.

It seems, though, Yom Teruah has evolved to become a solemn feast day, most likely as a re-­‐‑ sult of this Psalm. In modern Judaism, the day is now declared to be the new year, or Rosh Hashanah. Yom Teruah begins the seventh month, not the Oirst month. The Oirst month is Aviv.

Yet, this Psalm reveals something more. When the word kehseh ֶכּ ֶסא , is given the meaning to cover, clothe, hide or conceal, then the shofar is blown at the covered new moon, harkening the solemn feast day which is Sukkoth.

What is all this hubbub about the covered moon? The reason this is so important is be-­‐‑ cause this verse indicates that the Oirst day of the month begins with the zero moon, not the sighting of the sliver moon. This make the beginning of the month exactly the same dis-­‐‑ tance to the full moon as it is from the full moon.

So how can we know the Oirst day of the year? Easy! When the barley is aviv (ripe for har-­‐‑ vest), you can declare that moon cycle to be Aviv! Historically, this is an impossible feat, be-­‐‑ cause we were not there to give an eye witness account. Therefore, we generalize.

The best way to understand this Oinding is to place the miqra of Bikoor (Oirst fruits) on a day that is after the vernal equinox in the Spring and before the zero moon which begins the new month following the vernal equinox. Simple as that.

Now, it is time to understand the cycle of the feasts and the appointed assemblies, so that you might make sense out of the timing in this book. These are described generally in the book of Vayiqra (Leviticus) chapter 23. To understand these days, you must realize that the day begins at sundown. Hence, the Sabbath, which is the seventh day (Sabbath in the com-­‐‑ mon understanding) begins at sundown on Friday day evening. The time following sun-­‐‑ down, but before bedtime, is called the erev ֶע ֶרב , so the evening of the beginning of Sabbath is called Erev Sabbath.

Here is a chart for easy reference:

Common Name Hebrew Name Date on the Holy Calendar Feast or Appointed Assembly
Passover Pesach 14th day of Aviv Appointed Assembly
Unleavened Bread Matza (7 days) 15th day of Aviv FEAST -­‐‑ Barley harvest
First Fruits Bikoor Day after the Sabbath in Matza Appointed Assembly
Pentecost (Weeks) Shevua (Shevuoth) (7 weeks + 1) 50 days from the Sabbath in Matza FEAST -­‐‑ Wheat Harvest
Trumpets (Yom) Teruah 1st day of the seventh month Appointed Assembly
Atonement (Yom) Kippur 10th day of the seventh month Appointed Assembly
Tabernacles (7 days) Sukkah (Sukkoth) 15th day of the seventh month FEAST -­‐‑ Grape Harvest


Pesach or Passover, the Oirst of these mandated moediym (appointments), begins in our un-­‐‑ derstanding at sundown on the 13th day of the month. This evening would be called Erev Pesach, or the evening of Passover. The following day during Passover, the lamb without ֲע ָצ ָרה blemish would be slaughtered in preparation for the solemn feast called an atsarah

or chag ָחג which begins the feast of Matza.

Matza continues for seven days, and during the course of this chag, there is necessarily a regular Sabbath (Sabbath). The day after the Sabbath during Matza is an appointed assem-­‐‑ bly called First Fruits or Bikoor, which celebrates the harvesting of the barley and the end of the season of eating stored food. This is partly why the leaven is removed from the house as part of the cleaning out of the pantry, if you will, in preparation for a new growing sea-­‐‑ son.

Seven weeks following the feast of Bikoor (Oirst fruits), or 50 days following the Sabbath within the Feast of Matza, we arrive at the center of the feasts called Shevua or Shevuoth (in the plural). You may know this as Pentecost.

Ma’aseh (Acts) 2:1-­‐‑3

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it Ailled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues

like as of Aire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all Ailled with the Ruach HaQodesh, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Ruach gave them utterance.

This is the day that the prophecy of Yochanan the Immerser was fulOilled, when he said the following:

Yochanan (John) 1:33

He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom you shall see the Ruach descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizes with the Ruach HaQodesh.

And of course, this brought to fruition the realization of the Brit Chadasha (the renewed covenant):

(Ivriyiym) Hebrews 8:8-­‐‑10

For Ainding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come, says YAHUAH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yahudah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says YAHUAH 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, says YAHUAH; I will put my Torah into their mind, and write it in their hearts: and I will be their Elohiym, and they shall be my people.

From Shevua, we proceed to the seventh month, on the Oirst day of the month, which is Yom (the day) Teruah (of the Shofar blast). As explained above, this is the day that is celebrated as Rosh Hashanah within Judaism. The sounding of the shofar in a particular way (a blast of nine short notes called the teruah) is a warning to the whole of the house of Yisra’el that there are 10 days to prepare the heart for repentance before YAHUAH.

Ten days later, on the 10th day of the seventh month, Yom (the day) Kippur (of Atonement) is honored. The description of this appointed day afOirms that in the Hebraic tradition, the day begins as sundown and continues to the following sundown. The verse below begins with “on the tenth day of this seventh month, but Oinishes with the command that “in the ninth day of the month at even (evening – i.e., sundown), from even to even.” With this pas-­‐‑ sage you can readily see that a day is from sundown to sundown, even though it begins on the “ninth” and is counted as the “tenth.”

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:27-­‐‑32

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afAlict your souls, and offer an offering made by Aire unto YAHUAH. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before YAHUAH your Elohiym. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afAlicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And what-­‐‑ soever soul it be that does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afAlict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.

Finally, we arrive at Sukkah, or Sukkoth (in the plural). This solemn feast begins on the
15th day of the seventh month, and continues for seven days, through to the 21st. However, it is part of the practice to celebrate on the eight day (the 22nd of the month) the completion of the reading of the Torah.

Here is the command:

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:34-­‐‑42

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The Aifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto YAHUAH. 35 On the Airst day shall be an holy convoca-­‐‑ tion: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by Aire to YAHUAH: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation to you; and ye shall offer an offer-­‐‑ ing made by Aire to YAHUAH: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work

therein. 37 These are the appointed times of YAHUAH, which ye shall proclaim to be holy con-­‐‑ vocations, to offer an offering made by Aire to YAHUAH, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacriAice, and drink offerings, everything upon his day: 38 Beside the Sabbaths of YAHUAH, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give to YAHUAH. 39 Also in the Aifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast to YAHUAH seven days: on the Airst day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. 40 And ye shall take you on the Airst day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before YAHUAH your Elohiym seven days. 41 And ye shall keep it a feast to YAHUAH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute forever in your genera-­‐‑ tions: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

In addition to the seven feasts, there are also seven fasts. Four fast days emerge from the scripture set forth in Zakaryahu (Zechariah) 8:19, which are declared to commemorate the destruction of both the Oirst and the second temples, and the exile of the House of Yahudah into Babylon and beyond. There are a total of seven tzomot (fasts) including the fast that is declared for Yom Kippur.

Zakaryahu (Zechariah) 8:19

Thus says YAHUAH TSE’VAOTH; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the Aifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Yahudah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

Ta’anit Bikooriym. This is a fast of the Oirst born which is only observed by Oirst born males. This fast commerorates the salvation from the tenth plague of the Oirst born in Egypt, although following the destruction of the second temple, it also mourns the end of the Levitical priesthood. This fast is observed on the day of Pesach (14 Aviv).

Tzom Revi’iy. This is a fast day on the 17th of Revi’iy (Tammuz), which commemorates the breaking down of the wall of Yerushaliym by Nebu’chadnezzar, and the taking away of the Temple sacriOice during the siege of Titus in 70 A.D. This is the fast of the fourth month.

Tisha B’Av. The ninth of Av (Chamishiy) is a well-­‐‑known fast day which commemorates the tragedies of the Yahudiym. The fast is known as the fast of the Oifth month, and it is the sec-­‐‑

ond most important fast in the Yahudi world. On the eve of the fast, it is customary to eat a boild egg sprinkled with ashes.

Tzom Gedaliah. This is the fast of the seventh month, and is a fast that occurs immediately following the two day celebration of Yom Teruah, which occurs on the Oirst day of the sev-­‐‑ enth month. This fast commemorates the assassination of Gedaliah, the king who replaced Zedekiah, the replacement of Yahoikim, the last rightful king of Yahudah in the line of Jesse (until HaMashiach).

Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement (the 10th day of Ethanim (Tishri)) is the most set-­‐‑aside day of the year. This is a fast day and a Sabbath, so no work is permissible. Here is the command:

Vayiqra (Leviticus) 16:29-­‐‑31

And this shall be a statute forever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afAlict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: 30 For on that day shall the priest make an atone-­‐‑ ment for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before YAHUAH. 31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afAlict your souls, by a statute forever.

Ezra 8:21

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afAlict ourselves before our ELOHIYM, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

Asarah B’Tevet. The 10th day of Asiyriy (Tevet) is a fast day commemorating the fall of Yerushaliym. The prayer, the Kaddish, is receitd on this day, and this is referred to as the fast of the 10th month.

Ta’anit Esther. The fast of Esther is observed on three days before Purim, on Asar Shenay-­‐‑ im (Adar) 11, and is traditionally a three day fast.

The Yom Qodesh from which this excerpt is taken, begins its Torah portions on Rosh Hashanah, the 1st day of Aviv, in the year 5996 (2013) of the Holy Calendar, and continues through the year 6000. May that book be a blessing to you.