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New Moon Celebration is Coming Soon

New Moon Celebration is Coming Soon
Sunday, November 19, 2017 is the first day of God’s lunar month of Kislev. It’s very thoughtful of Him to make these cyclical, new moon observances available to us. When interspersed with the weekly Sabbath cycle it gives another opportunity for measuring your “resolutions” concerning your spiritual adventure with the Father.
 
We have the weekly Torah portions that continue year after year to instruct us. We can observe the lunar cycle with a different agenda from the weekly Sabbaths. As with the Sabbath observance there is not a lot of guidance from scripture on the “how to” of the new moon feast protocol. In our household we have decided to treat each new moon with a Sabbath-like, sundown dinner, prayer and discussion on where we are in our relationship to Father and to each other. Where are we in comparison to the last new moon? What had we projected to accomplish and where are we now? This is another periodic opportunity to stay Yeshua-centered with all the seemingly pressing activities and demands of life. It is a relatively new practice for us, and we may make adjustments as time goes by.

Another thought, the new moon of Kislev falls in the Sabbath reading portion (Parsha) covering from Genesis 28 – 44. This is a huge swath of Israelite history covering all of Jacob’s life following the deception of his father, Isaac, up to an including Joseph’s intrigue in Egypt concerning Benjamin. When the new moon of Tevet is celebrated it would offer a great opportunity for personal as well as family introspection based of the preceding month’s Torah portion. I’m sure our “lunar lamp” will light up with the Kislev new moon observance having all of the Torah portions to ponder from Noah through Abraham’s relationship with YHVH, Sarah, Ismael and Jacob. Plenty to consider and take introspective inventory—where we, the Browns, are, individually and as a family, in our latter years.

If this post has challenged you, but you’d like some more information please access my article in this website: “Let no one pass judgment on you in question of… a new moon….”

10184224 – a mountain range silhouetted by a star-filled night sky and a crescent moon.

New Moons, Noah and the Sabbath

Yesterday was the first day of God’s lunar month of Heshvan. It’s very thoughtful of Him to make these cyclical, new moon observances available to us. When interspersed with the weekly Sabbath cycle it gives another opportunity for measuring your “resolutions” concerning your spiritual adventure with the Father.

We have the weekly Torah portions that continue year after year to instruct us. But, if we choose, we can observe the lunar cycle with a different agenda from the weekly Sabbaths. As with the Sabbath observance there is not a lot of guidance from scripture on the “how to” of the new moon feast protocol. In our household we have decided to treat each new moon with a Sabbath-like, sundown dinner, prayer and discussion on where we were in our relationship to Father and to each other since the last new moon; what we had projected to accomplish and where we are now. This is another periodic opportunity to stay Yeshua-centered in all the seeming pressing activities and demands of life. It is a new practice for us, and we may make adjustments as time goes by.

The new moon of Heshvan falls in the Sabbath reading cycle (Parasha) called Noach (Noah). It seemed a good time to review an article I had previously posted to our website speaking to the 350 years of Noah’s life after the deluge (flood) during which we hear nothing more from Noah. Our “lunar lamp” lit up with the need to consider where we are, individually and as a family, in our latter years.

I would encourage you to read the article—yes, it is a little lengthy, but hey, this is your spiritual life you’re deciding about!
The Mystery of Noah

Let today be the day–it’s a new moon

Since sundown last night (8/15) it is the first day of the Hebrew calendar month of Elul. I have intended to be a more faithful observer of the new moons*–God’s cyclical, visual reminder of His plan of creation. The observance of each new moon can be an ongoing checklist of the spiritual progress we have made since the last celebration. It is commonly said it takes 28 days of doing to form a new habit. Just so happens that a typical moon cycle is 28 days!
From the Wikipedia excerpt below we find Judaism starts preparing for the fall feasts with the blowing of the shofar on 1 Elul and daily thereafter for the entire month. It represents a call to self examination and repentance in preparation for Rosh Hoshana, Yom Kipper and Sukkoth. It would seem even with our busy, frenetic western lifestyle we could give God a time daily to listen to His voice. That’s my resolution this first day of Elul.
From Wikipedia search “Elul” In the Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The word “Elul” is similar to the root of the verb “search” in Aramaic. The Talmud writes that the Hebrew word “Elul” can be expanded as an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3). Elul is seen as a time to search one’s heart and draw close to God in preparation for the coming Day of Judgement, Rosh Hashanah, and Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.[1]
*If you’re questioning a new moon observance, as I have, I’ll soon be posting my consideration of the the applicable scripture.