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Barley Abib (Green Ears of Corn/Grain) Found In Israel on Sunday 18th & Monday 19th March 2007

Karaite Korner Newsletter #290

Aviv Found!

On Sunday 18 March 2007 the Aviv barley was found in Israel.

*Small fields of Aviv were found near Ein Mabua in Wadi Qelt, about
16km from Jerusalem. In two random samplings from Ein Mabua 70% and
90% of the barley were Aviv.
*A small plot of Aviv barley was found near Na'omi Junction; some of
the stalks were riper than Aviv.
*Many fields of Aviv barley were found in the central Jordan valley
several kilometers north of Marj a-Naga; the fields of Aviv
stretched for several kilometers. In two random samplings from north
of Marj a-Naja 80% and 100% of the barley was Aviv or riper than
Aviv.

Based on Leviticus 23:10 the barley must be "ancient-harvest ripe"
two weeks into the lunar month in order to declare that month as the
Month of the Aviv. There is no doubt that the barley will be ready
for harvest two weeks into the upcoming month (expected to be seen
from Jerusalem on Tuesday 20 March 2007 at sunset). In fact, much of
the barley in the Jordan valley was already "ancient-harvest ripe".
For more details about the Aviv barley and its relation to the
beginning of the biblical new year, please see:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ abib.shtml

The Aviv Searchers will carry out a further examination of the
barley in the northern Negev on Monday 19 March 2007. However, based
on the large quantities of Aviv found near Ein Mabua and in the
Jordan Valley we can already declare the upcoming new moon the New
Moon of the Aviv. Therefore, the Feast of Unleavened Bread will be
in early April.

Pictures of the Aviv found at Ein Mabua and in the Jordan Valley are
posted at:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ abib/2007/

The following people participated in the Aviv search:
*Nehemia Gordon (www.karaite- korner.org) , Devorah Gordon, Ferenc
Illesy and Miri Burgin from Jerusalem, Israel;
*Avi Ben Mordechai and Dina Marcus (www.m7000.com) from Jerusalem,
Israel
;
*Ruthanne Koch, a Certified Crop Advisor from Colorado, USA;
*Ivan Labombarbe (www.karaitejudaism .org) of the "World Karaite
Movement" from West Virginia, USA;
*Bob Wirl and Karl Bloodworth from "Yahweh's Philadelphia Truth
Congregation" based in Georgia, USA (www.yahstruth. org);
*Benito Arreaga and Rene Esposito from Guatamala and Moises Ortiz
from El Salvador from "Shebet Efraim" (www.shebetefraim. com);
*Jim Lamunyon from Oregon, USA and Johan Schutte from South Africa.

Reporting from Jerusalem, Israel

Nehemia Gordon, Ruthanne Koch, Devorah Gordon, Ivan Labombarbe,
Ferenc Illesy, Bob Wirl, and Karl Bloodworth

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Karaite Korner Newsletter #291

More Aviv Found in Northern Negev!

On Monday 19 March 2007 more Aviv barley was found, this time in the
northern Negev.

*Multiple plots of Aviv barley were found near the town of Nir Oz,
not far from the border with Gaza.
*A field of Aviv barley was found north of Reim Junction, also near
the border with Gaza. In a random sampling of the barley from that
location 90% was Aviv.

Today's findings confirm that the upcoming new moon will mark the
beginning of the biblical year, the New Moon of the Aviv.

Pictures of the Aviv in the northern Negev are posted at:
http://www.karaite- korner.org/ abib/2007/

Johan Schutte and Jim Lamunyon also joined the undersigned in
today's Aviv search.

Reporting from Jerusalem, Israel,

Nehemia Gordon, Ruthanne Koch, Devorah Gordon, Ivan Labombarbe, Bob
Wirl, and Karl Bloodworth