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The Lunar Calendar

Parshah Power—Bo

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In chapter twelve of Exodus, G‑d gives the Jewish people their first mitzvah: “sanctifying the month”—to establish the calendar based on the lunar cycle (the rebirth of the moon). Why is this the first mitzvah?
Calendar, The Jewish, Bo, Kiddush Hachodesh

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Anonymous Cumming, GA/US March 27, 2010

new moon Given that the Creator gave Moshe and Aaron the mitzvah of the new year based on the sighting of the new month on the month of the aviv (Exodus 12), why are we not still doing that? Why do we still follow Hillel's calendar that is often out of sync with the actual appearance of the new moon over Jerusalem when we have been in the Land since 1948? What are we waiting for? Reply