Is it New Year’s again? Every year, about this time of year, (no matter what calendar you follow) websites and social media fill to overflowing with articles and posts deriding the Jewish people and any other person for not recognizing that “the Bible says the New Year is on Nissan 1 (Abib 1), which falls somewhere within March or April on the Roman (proclaimed by these folks, “the Pagan”) calendar. These closet anti-Semites proclaim that due to their vast knowledge of Scripture they know more about the Bible, and know the Hebrew text better than thousands of Jewish people for thousands of years. Their announcement that Tishri 1, known as Rosh HaShanah (New Year’s), is actually Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) is spoken in unmatched authority as if the Jewish people didn’t know that Tishri 1 was Biblically called Yom Teruah. A simple internet search would have assured them that they were not the first person to notice the words in Leviticus 23:24:
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.
So you may ask, “Why is it, if the Scripture calls this day the Day of Trumpets, do the Jewish people call it Rosh HaShanah or New Year’s?” It is because a day can serve more than one Biblical purpose. I know that idea may seem revolutionary, but if you were born on July 4th, that day would be both your birthday and Independence Day (if you live in the USA) – two memorials, one day.
The other reason is that, unlike those who are looking for reasons to insist that the Jewish people are wrong about everything, those who read and study the entire Bible will find out that there are five (5) “Rosh Hashanahs,” or new years, demonstrated in the Bible.
Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mark the New Year starting with the creation of man and time. This is the point from which we count the year. Hence, we are in the year 5777, about to enter 5778.
Nissan 1- This is when we begin our year of Biblical Feasts. This is the 1st of our months. This lets us know when to observe the Feasts of the L-RD. Lev. 23:2:
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Yom Kippur: the new year for counting the Sh’mittah Year (when the land would rest every 7th year) and the Year of Yovel (The Jubilee Year).
Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.
The two below are inferred by both Scripture and practice, but do not have a direct Scriptural date attached. Elul 1 is the New Year for tithing on livestock and Tu-B’Shavat is the New Year for tithing on trees.
So this year, as we enter this amazing season of the Fall Holy Days, let’s remember that G-D loves new beginnings so much He gave 52 new weeks, 12 new months, and 5 New Years and rejoice that we get to participate in Newness.