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"new moon sighted no aviv"
No Aviv Barley, New Moon of Thirteenth Month Sighted
On March 6, 2011 the barley we examined in the Judean Desert and Jordan
Valley was nowhere near Aviv. These are locations the barley is known
from previous years to ripen earliest. The barley was mostly in the
vegetative state but we also found large amounts of barley that had
just flowered (cotton-stage). This is consistent with our findings on
Friday March 4, 2011 in the northern Negev. The lack of Aviv barley
means the new moon on April 4, 2011 will be the beginning of the Hebrew
year and Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) will begin at sunset
on April 18, 2011.
The new moon of the Thirteenth Biblical Month was sighted on March 6,
2011. It was first sighted from Kefar Eldad by Bruce Brill at 6:03pm
and then from Jerusalem at 6:11pm by David Cachicas followed shortly
thereafter by Willie Ondricek, Keith Johnson, Nehemia Gordon, Devorah
Gordon, Daniella Cachicas, Yoel Halevi, Pat Skewes, and Miri Burgin.
Pictures of the barley are posted on my Facebook page at:
A report has been going around that someone found "green ears" in the
Negev. He has posted four photos of green ears of WHEAT here:
While these pictures of wheat obviously don't have any relevance for
Aviv barley, I can confirm that there are "green ears" of barley in
Israel (see my photos on Facebook). However, "green ears" are not the
same thing as Aviv as I explain at (and in the associated FAQ):
There are green ears of barley in Israel but no Aviv barley.
My thanks to the following people for participating in the Aviv Search:
Devorah Gordon, Keith Johnson, Yoel Halevi, Yaron Laluz, Noam Moshe,
Asaf Cohen, Matan Cohen, Almog Levi, Miri Burgin, Bruce Brill, Terry
Telligman, Sarah Jaffee, Bob Jaffee, Catherine Bodenstein, Margie
Shearer, and Pat Skewes.
Happy New Moon!