THE NEW MOON: COVERED, OR REVEALED?

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(Corrected and/or Revised on 10 Sept 2014; 4 Jan 2015; Mar 2015; June 2015; Aug 2015; Mar 2016; 31 Jan 2018; 30 Aug 2018)

Tonight (March 11, 2013), there is a New Moon.  Do you see it?  What is it that you saw?

This New Moon also marks the beginning of the first month in God’s redemptive calendar year given to Israel, leading up to the Passover on the Full Moon in two weeks. (Ex 12:2)

I am not going to give a teaching here on all that is written concerning the New Moon celebrations given by YHVH to Israel to commemorate, both under the Law of Moses and also in the future Millennial Kingdom (Lev 23:24; Num 10:10; Ezek 46:1-8)The New Testament tells those who are now believers in Yeshua/Jesus not to make too much of days, months, seasons, years, festivals, New Moons, Sabbaths – all of these things being shadows of things to come, but the substance is Messiah. (Gal 4:9-11; Col 2:16-17) 

The Lord has told us that all of the Scriptures are written about Him, and we know that all of the sacrifices and holidays/appointed times are also fulfilled by Jesus in the entirety of His first coming, and in the anticipation of His coming again to fulfill all that is written in the whole of the Bible, which still waits for the Kingdom of God to come. 

My main purpose here is to try to shed some light on a subject which seems to have been darkened by human reasoning, rather than understood by faith in God’s own Word. We believe by faith, not by sight.  (2Cor 5:7; Heb 11:2) 

In Scripture, we do have references indicating that the sun, the moon, and the stars symbolize the Son, Yeshua; Israel; and, born-again saints, respectively. (Gen 1:14-19; 37:9-11; Mal 4:2Eng; 1Cor 15:40-41; Rev 12:1-2) Yeshua is the glory both of Israel — His people — and of the Church — His Body and Bride. In Him, both find their true identity and fullness. (Is 49:3; Lk 2:32; 1Cor 11:7; Col 2:6-10) 

If we accept the truth that all things are created by God through Messiah Yeshua/Jesus Christ (Jn 1:1-3), and all in Christ find their true identity and purpose, then we can better understand that there is no Israel of God apart from Him; there is no true Church apart from Him.  Even the sun and moon exist only through His creation, but in the eternal New Heavens and New Earth there will be no need for the temporal sun and moon.  Again, these present things are but a shadow of the things to come, whose substance is Christ.  The Israel of God (the Millennial Israel, ultimately, I believe) and the Church of God (those in Christ, whether dead or still living) are identified with YHVH God and His Anointed Son – the Holy Spirit indwelling the born-again believersMessiah in us.

So, is the new moon covered over, that is, darkened?; or, is it a slim crescent, that is, partially revealed or exposed?  The Scriptures are not silent about this, since God commanded Israel to celebrate every New Moon, and to blow the trumpets on that occasion! (Num 10:10)  If Jesus does fulfill the meaning of the New Moon, and if the moon does symbolize Israel, then the answer to whether the New Moon is covered or partially revealed will be consistent with its symbolism.   When the Holy Spirit speaks through Scriptural authority, then it is other voices which need to be silenced, as we “cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Messiah…” (2Cor 10:5

There are three Bible references to the New Moon that can help us:
1Sam 20:5   “And David said to Jonathan, ‘Indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the King to eat.  But let me go, that I may hide in the field until the third day at evening.'”

From this verse, we can see that David knew when there would be a New Moon, without there being any official ‘spotters’ to watch for it and inform all the others after they had seen it.  David also says that he will be hiding in the field.  How hiding?  Because there would be no light of the moon to help make him detectable in any night-time movements (he would have been hiding out during the day in any event), as he sought to protect himself from the king who sought his life.  (Were the New Moon the first crescent sliver, then each succeeding night the moon would have waxed larger and brighter, making hiding at night more difficult.)  How long did he plan to hide out in the field during the New Moon?  Until the third evening, which is about the length of time for the dark moon to wax as the moon moves from its final light phase to its next crescent moon.   

Amos 8:5   “. . . When will the New Moon be past, that we may sell grain? . . . .”

The heartless people, who were only concerned with their own commercial interests at the expense of the poor and needy, were anxious to know when the beginning-of-the-month New Moon (and also the end-of-the-work-week Sabbath) would be over – and not, “when is it beginning?” — so that they could get back to business and oppress the poor and needy.  If the New Moon were a sliver of light (like the Islamic sign by sight!), there would be no need of the question!  But if the New Moon is darkened by being directly between the Earth and the Sun, it could take up to three days until the light that was hidden to unaided human sight appeared again.  (As an aside, an eclipse of the Sun can occur only at New Moon, while an eclipse of the Moon can occur only at Full Moon:  there is perfect symmetry in the moon’s phases.  And, exactly one half of the moon is always illuminated by the sun:  God always ‘sees’ a Full Moon!)  The oppressors wanted to know when they could again be ‘freed’ from the constraints of the Law of God in whatever way it restricted their greedy, self-serving thoughts and plans.  The commandment to sound the trumpet was for the New Moon beginning, and not for the New Moon ending.  Again, it is a new moon, not a renewed moon:  it is there, yet concealed, signifying the beginning of a new month, not a renewed month.  (Those who would make the first sliver of a crescent moon the New Moon are then putting the darkened phase at the end of the month rather than at the beginning.  This is akin to those who moved Sonday to be the last day of the week rather than the first.)

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Ps 81:3-4 (Eng); (see also Job 26:9, which has the same Hebrew word for the covered New Moon, despite every translation otherwise)   “Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon; at the covering, on our celebration day.  For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob.” 

Verse 3 (4 in Hebrew) has been used by many to go through hoops not to accept it for what it plainly and simply says in Hebrew.  The two verses are in parallel.  Verse 4 (5 in Hebrew) says in parallel the same thing:  God gave His instruction to Israel – to Jacob – to celebrate the New Moon.  Verse 3 (4 in Hebrew) is describing when to blow the trumpet:  at the New Moon, which is described as being covered.  (See also Job 26:9, where the Hebrew word is the same; for some reason, all of the translations have either ‘full moon’, or ‘throne’.  The Hebrew word for ‘throne’ is spelled differently than for ‘cover’.  The parallel part of the verse is not describing the time, nor is the verse speaking of two different moon phases, just as the other verse is not speaking of two different peoples.  And, God did not command Israel to blow the trumpets on the Full Moons (which they could, though, when holidays fell on them; e.g., Passover, Feast of Booths, Purim).  The Hebrew word is bakasehכסה), which simply means ‘at the [whole] covering’If something is partially covered, it is not ‘covered’:  it is partly exposed.  We do not speak of ‘covering’ something in some measure of light, but we speak of covering something over.  Light reveals; darkness covers.  Yeshua spoke of letting our light shine, not being hidden under cover of a basket. (Mt 5:14-16)

Identification with, and being the representative Israel (Is 49:3; Gal 4:4-5; Heb 2:14-18), the Man Yeshua came stripped of His visible glory as the Son of God.  But the Sun of Righteousness died, went down in burial (hidden in the secret, dark, lower parts of the Earth), and rose again visibly and triumphantly as the Bright and Morning Star on the third day!  As the risen Savior King and Head of the Church, believers ‘see’ Him clothed in divine light and majesty with the glory that was His before He came to His own, and to the world that He made.  Israel has no glory of her own:  the moon has no light but that of the sun which it reflects.  YHVH called Israel to be a light to the nations, but without receiving her Source of Light, she is darkened until. . . – having an inherent hope of a restoration through the covenant promises of God to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and to their descendants.  Born-again Christians are a light.  Yeshua has said:  “You are the light of the world. . . . ”  Stars are lights of their own, each with its own glory, but none outshining the glory of the Sun. (1Cor 15:41)  Israel is still hidden from man’s view, as if away from the light of the Sun/Son, whom the nation still rejects because it prefers the darkness (Gen 3:7-10; Jn 3:19-21)  During the New Moon, the illuminated side of the Moon is then pointed away from Earth, but is full in God’s sight, who sees the end from the beginning! (Num 23:18-23)  The Church, through her historic replacement theology presuming that God is finished with Israel, also has consequently rejected the truth from God’s side that Israel’s future is assured. (Jer 31:35-37)  Israel began to be seen since the re-establishment of the State of Israel, and will be seen in her full [moon] glory when she rises up to remember the former glory that was given her by YHVH, and seeks with all her heart the true Son who has risen! (Hos 6:15; Rom 9:4); finally repenting, and accepting the Sun of Righteousness, Yeshua whom she pierced. (Zech 12:10; Mt 23:39

The New Moon (which, technically, is only for a brief minute, but can seem to the natural naked eye to be extended over a period of some three days) occurs when the visible side is completely covered from the light of the sun (much like a blanket over us to keep out light) by being directly between it and the Earth.  It is the phase when the moon is ‘out of sight’, and the night, which the moon rules, is less lit.  Yet, the stars are more brilliant and so many more can be seen when there is a New Moon.  Spiritually, it is Israel’s phase of “being there”, but out-of-sight, and, for too many people, also out-of-mind.  The moon then waxes for 13-14 days to the Full Moon, then wanes for 13-14 days till the New Moon.  And, meanwhile, the born-again ‘star saints’ are given their opportunity to shine!  So God, in His infinite wisdom, gave Israel a statute to remember the New Moon.  The whole world — including Gentiles, angelic and demonic spirits, and the Body of Christ — are reminded of God’s New Moon which He gave for a sign and for seasons, and for days and for years:  every month (from the word, ‘moon’; in Hebrew חודש/chodesh, new month), begins with the new and unseen moon that is there!  It is a globally recurring heavenly sign from the Creator and Redeemer that He has thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give Israel a future and a hope. (Jer 11-14)  

The trumpets for the New Moon are for a memorial before YHVH.  The Memorial Feast of Blowing of Trumpets (Lev 23:24), which marks the beginning of the seventh month in God’s redemptive calendar to Israel (the Jewish ‘New Year’ today), is basically a uniquely appointed New Moon prophetic wake-up BLAST! to Israel to gather together for preparing to meet her God on the Day of Atonements, either to have her sins forgiven and removed by calling on His Name on that Day (Num 10:9; Joel 2; Acts 4:8-12; Mt 23:37-39), or else to face His wrath like the rest of His enemies.  Those who are saved celebrate the Jubilee — truly a new beginning! — and as on all the celebratory days for His people, the trumpet is sounded. (Lev 25:8-10)  The historic steps towards the reestablishment of national Israel were the New Moon trumpet of God to the Church and the nations in these last days, to remember that the God of Israel keeps His covenant promises to the seed of Jacob.  Israel’s full glory – the Full Moon – will be manifested when the Lord returns to dwell in the midst of His completely restored people at the fulfillment of the Feast of Booths (which always begins at the Full Moon of the 7th month of the redemptive calendar) – the Millennial Kingdom.

Israel is Messiah’s treasure hidden in a field (Mt 13:44), to be uncovered on the third day (Hos 6:2) at the revelation of Jesus Christ (who is Himself now hidden from the world (Jn 16:10)), when the surviving remnant of Jacob shall see Him whom they pierced, repent with great affliction of soul, and all Israel will be saved. (Zech 12:10 – 13:2; Rom 11:25-27)

Yeshua fulfills the New Moon in His death, burial (covering and removing our sins out of sight), and resurrection to life everlasting.  Israel fulfills the New Moon, which symbolizes her as a continual reminder of God’s covenantal faithfulness — and of her hope in Him — that there is a day coming when her redemption will shine forth, the glory of the LORD will shine upon her, and all the nations will praise YHVH, God of Israel, and call her blessed when He cleanses her from all her sin against the Lord.  (Lev 26:40-45; Ps 117)  There is joy when a woman becomes aware that she is pregnant; there is greater joy when she has given birth. (Jn 16:21-22; Lk 15:7,10,32)  What began in secret in the dark inward parts, (even as in the womb at conception. ..Ps 139:11-15), will come to light and be seen by all in its full glory, that which was already conceived by the Holy Spirit for a new birth and the celebration of life (Is 66:5-14)!  Yeshua’s conception was not ‘light’; His birth brought to light the public knowledge of the promised Messiah and Lord.  Blessed is he who believes and has not seen!  Even the creation began with darkness, being outside of God, who is Light!  The heavens declare the glory of God! (Gen 1:2)

God is redeeming Israel today.  He is again returning His attention to Jerusalem.  He is calling His people to remember Him and to rejoice in His goodness and long-suffering, which lead to repentance unto salvation.  Let all who want God’s purposes to be fulfilled, who desire the peace of Jerusalem, not keep silent, but remind the Lord as workers with Him to make Jerusalem a praise in the Earth, with a highway of holiness and blessing between Egypt and Assyria, running through Israel.  YHVH God will remove unrighteousness from Jacob, and all Israel will be saved.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

17 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Brother Howard,

    Are you certain that God always ‘sees’ the moon illuminated?
    What about the periods in which the earth is hiding the moon when it is in the path ?
    Am I missing something?
    Toda Raba,
    ישראל פישר

    • Hi Israel. The Father is outside of the Creation, and Yeshua has gone back to Him, and is sitting at His right hand. He sees things much differently than we can.

      Although the moon may be hidden momentarily by the Earth it does not hide it from the Creator. The New Moon is dark for us, but not for God: the Sun is shining upon the back side, which is not hidden from the Lord.

  2. Hey Brother Howard, Shabbat Shalom !

    What a great study regarding the new moon and the full moon. I especially appreciated the verse from the psalm with the word כסה. Perfect sense to myself being born and raised in Israel, Hebrew being my native and mother tongue.

    And the following reply you received from Hannah on June 25, 2014 was a very refreshing continuation to this study. Thank you both.

    I do have questions which will reveal my current stance as I deliberate further on this topic…
    Where it says all Israel shall be saved, what about the myriads who went down to the grave rejecting Yeshua the Messiah of Yhovah? Will they somehow be saved as well ? Do they get yet another probation time ? Raised from the dead to repent of their former lives unrepented sins ? Will Absalom and Korah be privileged to be saved after all ?

    Appreciate your input on these questions.
    Your Brother in Yeshua
    ישראל פישר

    • Shalom Israel, and peace upon Israel! Where did you live in Israel?

      Thanks for reading and responding to the teaching article. If we do not get the New Moon right, then we will miscalculate days and times and set times/holidays given to Israel by Yehovah.

      For your questions, it is my understanding that not all Israel is Israel; in other words, not every Jewish person or Israeli will be saved. It is very clear from the Bible that only a remnant is saved. Not all Christians are actually believers, either. God knows the light every generation has, and will judge everyone according to that. We have much more light today than those in past generations. Nonetheless, it was faith and obedience because of that faith in Him and His covenants that justifies believers in Him and His promises.

      Jewish people who died before the gospel will not be given a probationary period if they died without faith in the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob/Israel, and in the hope of the promise for YHVH to redeem and save them. By the works of the Law no one will be justified. By unfaithfulness to YHVH and His covenant no one will enter His rest.

      Absalom and Korah condemned themselves. We die once, and then the judgment; there is no “purgatory”. The Millennial Kingdom will resolve many things that are not able to be now, and God will fulfill all that is written in the Law and the Prophets and Psalms. Both Jews and Gentiles are saved in the same way, even today.

  3. In Joseph’s dream of the Sun, Moon, and Stars bowing down to him, his father Jacob’s response was “Shall myself, your mother, and your brothers all bow down to you?”
    His mother was noted here as being as the moon. Indeed all woman have an association with the moon. The moon has it’s cycle which I accept , begins in darkness. A woman also has a cycle which begins in darkness.

    A woman’s dark days are the beginning of her menstrual cycle. There is a dreadful anticipation of its arrival and a distinct awareness of it’s presence. After several days hope returns as the periodic affliction wanes.

    In her brightest days, several weeks later, she is glowing, and beautiful, and if ever there were a perfect time for a Bridegroom to come for his Bride, this would be when she is most accepting of him as well as the 6 days that follow.

    Growing up, I had a mother and 4 sisters. Now, I have a wife and 4 daughters. I’ve never heard that a woman’s cycle started ‘after’ her dark days had passed.

    Isn’t a pregnancy determined from the start of a period and not just after it passes?
    Isn’t the height of fertility determined to be just 2 weeks in?
    Does not a woman’s cycle give us a natural blueprint for Heavenly reality?

    I understand that a blood moon can only happen at the time of a full moon. At this time the moon goes dark as it would at the beginning of it’s cycle. The fact that we refer to this phenomenon as a blood moon again points again back to a reference of a woman and the timing of her period as relating to the cyclical dark days of the month.

    A woman’s cycle is not necessarily in sync with the moon’s monthly cycle, however there is recognizable correlation to be observed.

    I’ve come to believe recently that the beginning of the new moon should be accounted from the moon’s passing of the sun each month. A solar eclipse like the one on April 20th, 2023 gives us a perfect example of the moment that the new month began as the moon stood square in the sun for a moment as it passed by.

    Previously I had seen a chart which was the listing of the position moon in relation to each constellation in determining the appropriate Hebrew month. This was set by the Sanhedrin long, long, ago. If you you begin a month by the sighted, sliver of light on the new moon, then the moon has moved over a whole constellation beyond the position of the sun.
    This topic of the dark moon versus the sliver moon has big implications affecting the determining of correct Hebrew month as well.

    Looking back again to the solar eclipse of April 20th, we saw the sun and moon together on the doorstep of Aries, together bearing witness to the start of what should be the start of Nissan. Days later the moon has passed on to Taurus and as the sliver of light is proclaimed, the supposed month of Iyar is assumed. Look in Stellarium and observe when the moon and sun come together each month.

    On August 16th, if I remember correctly, the sun and moon bear witness of the beginning of the month of Av as they approach the constellation of Leo. I am anticipating a potential rapture high watchdate just before the 9th of Av this year as traditionally Israel’s travail has come upon her on the 9th of Av. I believe it is in Isaiah 66 where it tells of a woman going into travail to give birth. “Who has seen such a thing? Who has heard of such a thing; that a woman would give birth to a son before her labor pains come upon her.

    If you can accept that the Revelation 12 sign appeared in September of 2017, then reading on, we see a woman that gave birth to the Manchild being carried away on eagle’s wings. I believe this could come about at Tu B’Av on the 15th of Av as this is when the Bridegroom/s comes to catch away the virgins, under the light of the full moon, from the vineyards where they gather. The 8th and the 15th are just 8 days apart.
    Leah and Rachel – 2 brides?

    I could say more but I’ll end with that. I covered my thoughts on the start of a new moon, and even my perspective on the proper beginning of a Hebrew month. My speculation of a high watchdate strayed off topic and a hint of a 2-part pretrib rapture is more than most could accept at this time. Suffice to say, it’s been journey of discovery and not all can come to agreement this side of Christ’s return.
    Someday soon we’ll know for certain.

  4. Shalom Sharon,

    Thank-you for your comment.

    Yeshua wouldn’t have missed GOD’s appointed time, but it is possible that we don’t always quite understand God’s timing. Since Passover begins on the 14th-15th of the first month, there is always a FULL moon, not New, which always is reckoned as the FIRST day of a lunar month. That’s why the beginning of the “dark” moon is the beginning, and it can last up to three days. Yeshua was hidden from sight/darkened while in the grave and releasing those who had believed the promises from captivity, but in God’s ‘signs’, He was beginning a “new thing”, which came to light in the resurrection. Israel’s hope is confirmed by the resurrection of Jesus, and while Israel is still ‘in the dark’, the third day is coming when YHVH will, as it were, bring life from the dead and healing in the wings of the Sun of Righteousness.

    When David was in the field to hide, the first sliver was not his main concern, but each succeeding night would be getting brighter. Yet, if he began on the New Moon, when it was dark, he felt confident that the moon would either remain darkened, or would only just begin to shine while he was hiding. Had it not been a New Moon, there would really no reason for that to be mentioned; but being that there was a New Moon, it was an opportune waiting period to hide out from Saul.

    I hope this helps, Sharon. Thank-you again.

    • The reason why David was hiding in the field is because there was light. The light was from the New (Full) Moon. This is why he was hiding because there was light and if he didnt hide he would be seen. If there was no visible Moon than there would be no need to hide as we all know that the darkest nights of the month are when the moon is not visible. It is sad that the author of this article claims to use Psalms 81 as an evidence for the new moon when I fact it is one of the strongest text in Scripture proving the New Moon of ancient Isreal was indeed what we call the Full Moon. Praise Yah that many are figuring out that the New Moon is the Full Moon, may YaHuWaH continue to bless his people to come out of the ways of Babylon with her dark and 1 sliver counterfeits.

      • David, a friend of mine, who does not agree with me about the New Moon, has made an easy and quick observation about your view, which neither of us had heard of before:
        “the moon comes to full phase gradually (there is nothing “new” to see)”.

      • This makes much sense. We are believing full moon as new moon as well with occasional questions.
        I had seen that he was hiding in the dark because it was dark and he wouldn’t be seen then. But as you said, if it were a dark moon, he would not have needed to hide. But a full moon would have exposed him so he needed to hide. Thank you for this clarification.

      • Where’s the scripture that says new moon is a full moon?
        Christ died on passover, the 14th day, which is full moon. Christ fulfilled his duty as the moon fulfilled her brightness.

        • Hello David. There is no verse which says that the new moon is a full moon.
          In Ps 81:3, many translations say full moon instead of new moon (“covered” in Hebrew), which I mention in the article.

          Blessings.

  5. All of your information is interesting and I too have studied. One thing you did not include in this study. It is known from the Mishnah, recorded perhaps before the time of Yeshua, at the least shortly after that at the time of Yeshua the moon was being sighted, the first sliver. That being the case I believe Yeshua was the Lamb of Elohim. The Gospels all record that Yeshua died at about 3:00 P.M., the same time the High Priest would probably be slaughtering his Passover lamb the 14th of the first month reconded by the sighting of the moon. He kept the appointment exactly on time, to the minute. He was in the grave on the 15th, Unleavened Bread, rose three days later on First Fruits of the Barley. He did not miss the Appointed Time being a day or two late (if hidden is the proper dating).

    I find it strange that to prove the point is made that David would not be hidden if the first sliver was seen. That sliver doesn’t provide enough illumination to reveal David hiding and is visible for as little as 15 minutes.

    As far as the word translated as full moon, that is a mystery why even in Hebrew that is the translation of “keseh” (ending ‘hey’). There are errors in the MT and perhaps one day we will find a manuscript with “kise” (ending ‘aleph’) which means a throne. This word again and again refers to the throne of the king.

    Isn’t RHS the time Yeshua will take up His throne?

    Once again, do you have an explanation for Yeshua keeping the Appointed Time on the wrong day?

  6. Hannah, this is a great picture of what the Israel of God will be like when she finally ‘kisses the Son/Sun’! Praise the Lord!

    However, with respect to the New Moon, and the Biblical commandment of YHVH God regarding blowing the shofar, it is at its ‘inception’, and not at it’s sighted birth (molad). What man or devil has done can not successfully replace what God has spoken. Even the Creation began in darkness before God called Light to shine out! (Gen 1:2; 2Cor 4:6)

    • Actually the earth was dark before the creation. The first spoken command was let there be light. This ‘creation’ stated with light. Yah separated that light he creates from the darkness.
      It started with light.
      Also noticed Day is named first, being light, then Night comes being dark. The light is the beginning of the day. Just as it is the beginning of creation.

  7. 17 Mar 2013

    Your explanation of כסה opened up a new understanding for me, which I shared with our home group.

    First (my habit of not taking anything second-hand) I went through Tanach and checked for how all the related “kiseh” words are used, and I confirmed you are right – it is mistranslated in the Psalm and so we missing the messages of “covered” and “hidden”. (I have to wonder now how in the world they decided to render it “full moon” that one isolated time.)

    Besides the two directions you pointed out, with the moon as a symbol of Yeshua and of unbelieving Israel (and Kol Hakavod that you included both of them without feeling the need to cancel one out with the other!), it enriched a third direction that I have been sort of wondering about off and on – the symbol of the Bride and her interaction with the Lord (pictured by the sun).

    When she is turned completely toward Him, the world sees nothing – not because she is actually ‘hidden’ or disappears from the sky, but because their interaction is so intimate and holy it’s not for public view. (Same message with the Holy of Holies, always “covered” from public view). What we see, and what the witnesses in ancient Israel used to call the “molad”, was actually the first visible sliver of the crescent.

    In exploring that twin idea, I found out that astronomically speaking the new-born moon “follows after” the sun (whereas the old moon runs in front of it) – and usually it follows so closely you can’t see it because of the sunlight. What a picture of the newly redeemed…

    Halachically speaking, the sanhedrin wouldn’t declare a new moon until witnesses could say that they saw the moon setting after the sun. If necessary they would delay the new month until that condition was met – with enough time before sunset to offer the designated sacrifices. So the new moon was never just about the position of the moon by itself – the sun actually determined it. You could even say the “rosh” in “rosh hodesh” is actually the Sun/Son.

    The full moon is the opposite, when she is mature and able to proclaim the glory of her Lord in the darkness… and then the world sees Light reflected from her… and it changes the whole character of night. The Moadim that are associated with the full moon are in perfect harmony with that idea.

    Anyway, I meant to write something to you when I got time, because it was your comments that triggered this whole lovely chain. In the Jewish way of mining for gold in the written Word, it doesn’t cancel out your discoveries, it just adds to the wonder of G-d being able to say so many things with one verse.

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