Asiri (10th) New Moon Report

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New Moon Report

No one reported seeing the New Moon anywhere in Israel, though expert observers were watching for it. It seems the altitude of the New Moon was too low in the sky, which was also the case for us here in Northern Minnesota. Further south in the United States it was visible, though.

Consequently, we have a full month of 30 days for Teshi'i this year and the New Moon Day will begin the morning of the fourth day into the Sabbath (commonly called 'Wednesday').

We apologize for the newsletter being sent out so late. We had some situations to deal with that took us by surprise. I hope to be more prompt next month as the 30-day rule will not automatically apply due to this month starting a day later. Accordingly, we will need to watch for it again and we'll be sending out the New Moon Watch newsletter ahead of it to remind you and give any updates on the matter.

Important Tenth Month Events in Biblical History

It was the tenth New Moon that the tops of the mountains were seen after the Flood as the waters were receding. (Gen. 8:5)

It was on the tenth day, the 11th year of the Judean king Zedekiah, that Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem. (2 Ki. 25:1-2)

It was also during this month that Esther became the queen to the Persian king Ahasuerus (Esther 2:1).

Updates to the Astronomical Calendar

An error was corrected on the solar calendar for the Achat-Asar New Moon Watch. It was a day too late.

An update has been made changing the word 'Equinox' to the biblical word 'Tekufah'. 'Equinox' is a misnomer etymologically, and its common usage of defining when the sun crosses the equator is not the biblical method of beginning the new solar year. But the Tekufah is the first sunset or sunrise that passes the east-west line. I also made note on the calendar that the Spring Tekufah will occur at sunset this year, being the first sunset that is south of the east-west line at the Mount of Olives.


The photo you see in this newsletter is of the candles we were burning to celebrate our Christian Feast of Dedication, with the same days as the ancient feast. Six days of it fall during the current month of Teshi'i, and the remaining two fall in the next month of Asiri. We love the warmth of this festival, especially with it being so cold outside. A couple of mornings ago, the temperature dropped to 40 below here (the temperature at which Fahrenheit and Celsius converge).

If you have any testimonies or photos to share of your celebrations, email us, and we may post them in the next newsletter.

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Ricky and Amanda Bokovoy

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