¯`•. August 19, 2019

When is Rosh Ha’Shana?

That was the big question this morning, because my girl wanted to be sure to get her time-off request in for the feasts.  This is something Brian will be asking me in a few days, too – because Rosh Ha’Shana, Yom Kippur, and the first and last days of Sukkot are days in which ‘no servile work’ is done.  Servile meaning, ‘serving someone outside of your home’, or ‘working for a boss for money’.  (Our take on it, anyhow.)

So I needed to do some fin-iguring, this morning, to work it all out.

We won’t get into how right now, nobody else is celebrating Elul but me.  It’s because of the abib count that I blogged about earlier in the year.  What you need to know is that the year begins with the abib, and most Jews and Messianics added an extra month, and I didn’t.  Because a) there was enough abib to wave, albeit a smaller amount than what makes some people comfortable, and b) it’s not the FIRST of the abib if you wait the extra month, and Yehovah wants the firstfruits.  My choice, everyone else can have theirs, as well.

I also blogged about the unique line-up of Gregorian dates to Rosh Ha’Shana, this year.  In case you missed it.

Having said, that puts me in the middle of of the Hebrew month of Elul right now, whilst the rest of the world is in the middle of Av (a month behind me).  It will also push their Hanukkah into 2020, but whatever floats their boat, I guess.  Anyhow, the new moon following Elul begins Rosh Ha’Shana.

So I looked up the new moon on TimeandDate.com, and did a converter for Jerusalem, too.  Just because it’s important to Ha’Shem, so it’s important to me, too.  Here’s the time of the coming New Moon:

Location Local Time
USA – Michigan … Friday, August 30, 2019 at 6:35:00 pm
Jerusalem – Israel
… Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:35:00 am

Now sunset in Michigan is just after eight, so the 1% new moon won’t be sighted until Saturday.  This means Saturday night, August 31 at sunset is the start of Rosh Ha’Shana.  It’s beginning on a sabbath, which I think is amazing, but there’s even more amazing than that… I’ll blog about that, tomorrow.

As for Jerusalem, their 1% new moon will be before sunset on Saturday, so they have the same day Rosh Ha’Shana as us (just seven hours earlier, their time is different than ours, obviously.)

But here are our dates, as a result:

Rosh Ha’Shana:  August 31-September 1
RH2 / Tashlich: 
September 1/2
Yom Kippur: 
September 9/10
September 14/15
Hoshana Rabbah: 
September 21/22
Shemini Atzerat: 
September 22/23

Again, hardly anyone else is on the schedule I’m keeping, which REALLY gives new meaning to “no man knoweth the day or the hour”.  LoL!!  But at least now we’ve got dates to work from, so there’s that!