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Augustus Paul Andrew

Will The Barley Be In The Ear This March 2007 and When The Bible New Year Will Begin?

16th February 2007
 
Karaite Korner Newsletter #287
Aviv Search and Potential Holiday Dates

We are gearing up for this year's Aviv Search. We have volunteers
flying in from the US and Central America to join those already in
Israel but we need your help with covering the costs of the Abib
Expedition.

Donations can be made by credit card through PayPal.com by clicking
on the link at:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ abib.shtml

You can also support the Abib Search by sending a check to: World
Karaite Movement, POB 7816, Jerusalem, Israel. Remember to include a
note indicating that the donation is for the Aviv Search.

We can only determine the beginning of the biblical year by
examining the barley in various regions of the Land. We must find
the earliest ripening fields in the land; Scripture speaks about the
wave-sheaf offering during the Feast of Unleavened Bread coinciding
with the beginning of the barley harvest in the Land (Deuteronomy
16:9; Leviticus 23:10). To learn more please see:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ abib.shtml

On March 19 to March 20, 2007, the last two days of the 12th
biblical month, the Aviv Searchers will scour the Land of Israel
examining the barley crops to see if the barley is Aviv in
accordance with the verse: "Keep the Month of the Aviv" (Dt 16:1).
If the barley is Aviv by March 20, then Chag HaMatzot (Feast of
Unleavened Bread) will fall out on April 4, 2006 (beginning the
previous evening). If the barley is not Aviv by March 20, then Chag
HaMatzot will fall out on May 3, 2006 (beginning the previous
evening). The potential dates of this coming year's biblical
holidays and New Moon Sightings are posted at:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ holiday_dates. shtml

These are dangerous times and to carry out the Aviv search we need
your prayers and financial support. I am extending an open
invitation to anyone who believes in the biblical calendar to come
join us. You don't have to be a Karaite, you only have to be
committed to the Biblical Aviv calendar. We especially need
agronomists but anyone who is willing to come and learn is welcome.

Nehemia Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel