God's days and times....
The Feasts/Appointed Times of YHWH:
Please note we use the calendar based on the actual sun, moon, and stars; not the traditional Jewish calendar which is based on an "average moon", and rabbinical additions and changes. [Clicking link will download the calendar.] (See basic explanation here. Direct calendar questions to Calendar@therefinersfire.org.) In the table below, if the traditional calendar date differed from ours, the "Traditional" column would reflect that date. (Note also this table is designed for display in HTML and will not display properly as plain text.)
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High Holy Days for in 2017:
||Tue, 11 Apr*
||Mon, 10 Apr*
||Wed, 12 Apr to
Tue, 18 Apr
|Tue, 11 Apr to
Mon, 17 Apr
||Thu, 13 Apr
||Wed, 12 Apr
||Thu, 1 Jun
||Wed, 31 May
||Thu, 21 Sep
||Thu, 30 Sep
||Thu, 5 Oct to
Thu, 12 Oct
The traditional Jewish calendar for 2017 (which is calculated by "rules"), is pretty close with the moon for the entire year's High Holy Days! Note that in 2017, the two calendars once again match except for a one-day difference of some of the Feasts due to our calendar relying on the actual moon while the traditional calendar relies on the average moon.
*Passover is actually only one day, which begins in the afternoon of the 14th of Nisan. While the celebration of Passover continues after sunset the 14th, the Feast of Matzah (Unleavened Bread) begins that same afternoon and continues for the week. The term "Passover" is sometimes used for the whole week including the Feast of Matzah.
**The traditional Jewish calendar always has Shavuot on the 6th of Sivan, and in it does fall on the 6th of Sivan. But we retain this note so readers will be aware that it is possible for Shavuot to fall on the 5th, 6th, or 7th of Sivan, if either of the preceding 2 months, (Nisan or Iyar), requires a 30th day, or if both preceding months are only 29 days! This can happen when actually using the moon to determine the beginning of the month. But the traditional Jewish calendar "requires" Shavuot to fall on the 6th regardless what the moon indicates and does so by "forcing" one month of 29 days and the other of 30 days to precede Shavuot every year.
(The "Sighted Moon" calendar will nearly always differ from both the traditional calendar and this calendar as the "Sighted Moon" month does not begin until the moon is well over a day old by the time it is "sighted". Indeed, our calendar recognizes that sighting the new crescent moon is actually only a sanctification that the new month has already begun!)
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