Jean Stepnoski (6 Nov 2010)
"The Dark New Moon: Kislev 1: 11-7 to 8, 2010"


 
Dear Doves.
      As of 11-5, he moon is at 0 % illumination. The Hillel calendar lists 11-6 as Cheshvan 29, Torah Reading # 7, and the Sabbath before Rosh Chodesh called Shabbat Mevarekhim. The next day of 11-7 is Cheshvan 30,  the last day of the month 8. The Master promises to raise us up on the last day. Might it be the last day of Cheshvan? The conjunction of the new moon is on 11-6 at 4:52 U.T. That is about 7 in the morning for Israel. Yet, Rosh Chodesh is not stated to begin for Israel until 11-7 at sundown. According to a Scriptural reckoning of a day, a day goes from sundown to sundown, rather than from midnight to midnight.
      The Kabbalist tradition is the one to celebrate a one or two day fast, like a little Yom Kippur. Reseach is showing that it could be an evening fast or a whole day fast. They end before the Rosh Chodesh begins, that is why it is from Cheshvan 27-28, rather than 29-30. For the whole world to observe, there is the need to add the 3 days from evening of Cheshvan 27 to the evening ending Chesvan 29. Then Israel goes to THE LAST DAY.
      It is only recently that growing numbers of people  observe the Rosh Chodesh with prayers and a feast in a festival-like setting. The New Moon celebrations will be more important, revived and necessary, in the future reign of The Messiah according to the prophet Isaiah 66:23." All humanity will come to worship me from week to week and month to month." The Master, The Messiah/Christ, will lead in worship on a weekly Sabbath and on New Moon celebrations, each and every Rosh Chodesh. What do some people do on Rosh Chodesh celebrations now? They sound the shofar, the trumpet, the ram's horn!
      This is one of the prayers said nearing The Rosh Chodesh. "The One who performed miracles for our forefathers and redeemed them from slavery to freedom, may He redeem us soon and gather in our exiles from the four corners of the earth; then all Israel shall be friends. Let us say : Amein."
      From Cheshvan 27-28 or 29, the tone shifts from repentence like at Yom Kippur to joyous expectation of new month, new lives, new hope, and new beginnings. The New moon celebrations will figure prominently in the futures of those of His Kingdom. We will be taught how to appreciate them and learn how to learn to worship in the contexts of them. Each month this shall be done, into Eternity. May our bright light, The Beloved, brighten the darkened skies at the time of the festive dark new moon. Come quickly, Lord...
 
With Love and Shalom,
Jean