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The Tabernacle Times
June 2015                                  Sivan - Tammuz 5775                              Volume 10 Issue 6

Celebrate the New Moon

Rabbi & Brenda
by Rabbi Jeremy
& Brenda Storch







  “Blow the trumpet at the new moon.”

“And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from Sabbath to Sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me,” says the Lord.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me, declares the Lord, So your offspring and your name will endure. And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from Sabbath to Sabbath, All mankind will come to bow downbefore Me, says the Lord.”

“Thus says the Lord God, 'The gate of the inner court facing east shall be shut the six working days; but it shall be opened on the Sabbath day and opened on the day of the new moon.’”

Celebration of the New Moon ( ראש חודש , literally “head of the month) is included in the commandments, something we may not have been taught in our earlier life. We should however get in practice, because in “the new heavens and the new earth” “from new moon to new moon” will we “come to bow down before” Him.

We may not have noticed, but the new moon is spoken of several times in Scripture:


1 Samuel 20:5; 1 Samuel 20:18; 1 Samuel 20:24; 2 Kings 4:23; 1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 2:4; 2 Chronicles 8:13; 2 Chronicles 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Nehemiah 10:33; Psalm 81:3; Isaiah 1:13; Isaiah 1:14; Isaiah 66:23; Ezekiel 45:17; Ezekiel 46:1; Ezekiel 46:3; Ezekiel 46:6; Hosea 2:11; Amos 8:5; Colossians 2:16

Not a lot of detail is provided in Scripture as to how to celebrate the New Moon. In several places it is placed in parallel with Shabbat and the feasts, which gives some clues. Just as we celebrate birthdays, etc. in a variety of ways, so the New Moon can be celebrated in diverse manners. Even Sha’ul (Paul) said we have the liberty of choice about how we observe the New Moon. A few ideas to include in our celebrations follow, in no particular order.
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