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Jews keep time in a unique way; why the month begins with the new moon and the day with sunset.

New Moon

New Moon

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh MarCheshvan

November 19 • 21, 2016

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Anonymous December 21, 2014

"The shabbat was made for man, not man for the shabbat." its essence is to signify the deliverance from slavery, bondage and oppression, whereas slaves are force worked seven days a week. In essence, G-d is saying, I will make you more prosperous and free in six days then you ever were as slaves working seven. Thus, it is a unique covenant for mankind who will worship the true and living God and not bow to idolatry. Essentially, we are therefore, to rest in Him. This is true for all areas of our lives. For He is Lord, even of the shabbat. Reply

Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles via March 5, 2012

To Richard New Moon is definitely NOT a fasting day. Indeed, the opposite is so: a celebratory meal was obligatory in the time of the Temple, and many still adhere to that today. Reply

Richard Accra, Ghana February 24, 2012

New Moon Please, new moon is fasting day or not? Reply

Anonymous NY June 23, 2017
in response to Richard:

No, you are supposed to have joy on new moon days, and eat well. Reply

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