Parashat Bereishit (In the beginning) Gen.1:1-6:8
Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42 (Special Reading for the eve of the new month)
This week we begin the cycle of reading the Torah for the new year of 5770. This year I plan to focus my blogs on the weekly prophetic reading (haftarah) which corresponds with the parashah. This week, because Shabbat falls on the eve of Rosh Chodesh (the new month) Chashvan, there is a special reading which speaks of an event that took place also on the eve of a new month. One can read the account for himself; what I want to focus upon is how David and all of Israel submitted to G-d in acknowledging through personal observance the entrance of a new month.
I recently told an individual that I could not meet with him on Monday because I would be attending an event that was being held on Rosh Chodesh Chashvan. This event is a lecture followed by a meal at a synagogue near my house. My motivation for going is twofold. First I believe it is beneficial to acknowledge the things which HaShem said were important to Him. Second because I will have an opportunity to respond to the lecture and hopefully plant a few seeds in regard to the message of salvation. When I explained this, he said that G-d does not care about the moon’s cycle and there is no Biblical significance to the new moon.
What do you think about this? Before you answer you might want to read Numbers 28 verses 11-15. For in this section there is a list of special offerings which G-d Himself commanded to be offered to Him on the day of the new moon (new month). In our weekly Torah reading HaShem says that He put the Sun and the Moon in the heavens to serve as signs, and for festivals and for days and years (Genesis 1:14). These things are important and as Paul taught in Colossians, these things reveal spiritual truth about the Messiah and His Kingdom (see Col. 2:16-17). Be careful which translation you use; for example the NIV makes an incorrect translation:
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