The nation of Israel and the Jewish world (except for the Karaite Jews) celebrated the Day of Atonement Wednesday, so why am I celebrating today (Thursday)? The command in Lev 23:26-32 is to set aside the 10th day of the 7th month as the Day of Atonement. The 1st day of the 7th month is the day the new moon is sighted. The trumpet is blown throughout the land, alerting everyone that the 7th month has begun … that the Day of Atonement is coming. The new moon was sighted this year, in the evening of Monday, September 17 … which made sundown last night the start of the 10th day, not sundown the previous night.
So why does the nation of Israel and the Jews celebrate it when they do? Their calendar is figured in advance based on mathematical calculations set in place for centuries by the rabbis … since for so many centuries, the Jews have not lived in Israel where the trumpets could be blown throughout the land, but scattered to the four winds throughout the world. And today, this is the way it is still done.
I have chosen to follow the command as written, and not the traditions of men, and that is why I am a day off … but that is just me.
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