The Abib Question?
I was waiting for the dust to settle a little on this years Abib dating controversy. I have received a lot of information recently concerning this issue. I will post parts of this running controversy and then I will comment. The names will be included to some extent. But, please be advised that I will address these gentlemen by no title. This is due to the commandment of our Savior Yahshua the Messiah when he said:
"But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the chief place at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi. But be you not called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all you are brethren. And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in heaven." Matthew 23:5-9
Rabbi Edward Levi Nydle/Levi bar Ido
Unfortunately, recently there has been a movement within the Nazarenes opposing the Oral Torah of the Yehudim. Many Nazarenes, smug in their arrogance are in reality showing their ignorance in rejecting the traditions of the avot (fathers) and hindering the Restoration of all Yisrael. Some are even ignorantly rejecting the traditional b’rachot as “too rabbinical” because they claim the talmidim of Yahshua are set apart by Yahshua and the Ruach Hakodesh not the mitzvot. They misunderstand the metonymy: the commandments stand for Him Who commands, Yahshua the Living Torah, and the mitzvot set us apart, since they were given at Shavuot symbolize or express the Ruach Hakodesh.
The new “religiously correct” flavor of the month is to reject what they call “Rabbinical Judaism”. This is a misleading term. There has never been one Judaism, but rather many sects, multiplicity of views, and halakah within the Torah faith. Rabbinic Judaism is not a monolithic term and is inaccurate. The Torah of our Abba Avraham was practiced differently from the Torah of Mosheh, which differed from the Torah of the First Temple (10th Century BCE), and the Torah of Ezra.
According to historical accounts there was no “professional rabbinate” during the time of Yahshua. The term “Rabbi” comes form the root meaning “great” and in Babylon the rabbis were called Rav. One was called a “rabbi” by having the title conferred upon them by their teacher by semikhah or “the laying on of hands”. Even during the Talmudic times rabbis received no salaries and were not employed by the synagogues. They were men of great learning (hence a rabbi) but had professions in which they made their livelihood.
They did, however, give public teachings on Shabbat on the issues of Torah and ethics. Other times, they debated among themselves (as we see in the Brit Chadasha) in houses of study, on the complex legal aspects of the Torah. Of course the common people would turn to these learned men to try to understand what Elohim meant in the Torah.
The Nazarenes are no longer interested in provoking Yehudah to jealousy by their Torah observance. Instead they are thumbing their noses at the rabbis and the Yehudim.
·What advantage then has the Yahudi? Or, what profit is there in brit-milah? Much in every way: primarily, because they were the first to be entrusted with the oracles of YHWH and the first to believe in His word. Romans 3:1-2
·Boast not against the cultivated branches. But if you boast, you better remember that you do not bear the Root, but the Root bears you. Romans 11:18
Instead, while claiming to reject tradition, they are creating an Oral Tradition of their own that cannot be recognized as Torah to Yehudah. Torah, by its very nature requires tradition for its observance since instruction are not given in the Torah of how to observe certain mitzvot. People make the mistake of thinking that the answer to everything is crystal clear as found in the Scriptures. This is simply not true.
Is the “Aviv Barley” a Determining Factor Today?
Rabbi Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky
***Author’s Note -The reason many Karaites and Messianics are getting angry and short with me, sadly even on an ugly and personal level, is because their newly acquired beliefs are being challenged, for the first time since the Jerusalem based Kairites began to make inroads into Nazarene Yisraelite and Messianic thinking about 8 years ago. The Karaites have begun making major inroads (mostly among Ephraimites) into the minds of believers seeking truth, with the Karaite sponsored annual barley hunt. Add to this several well-known ministers who have recently converted to Karaite type faith. These leaders range from those who deny Yahshua, the Renewed Covenant and virgin birth, to those who believe in Yahshua, but have ministry/fellowship relationships with unbelieving Karaites. Several Karaites are former believers who now no longer trust Yahshua. The history of Karaiteism is shocking and can be researched in other venues. On their own website you’ll see links and articles from the anti- missionaries themselves. http://www.light-of-israel.org/ against any faith in Yahshua and His blood!
Why are the Karaites carrying anti-missionary links? Are these the folks you really want to receive teachings from? Yet, we must not allow the calendar debate to divide friendships, as this hotly debated issue goes back 3,000 years and has in the past caused giant schisms in Yisrael, even as it does today. But to ignore it for me as a Rabbi would also be the sin of omission of the presentation of truth. I present this material as a former follower of Kairite reckoning until 3 years ago, who has seen the error in their thinking, as a MAJOR stumblingblock to unity between both houses of Yisrael!
The article by Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky is very long. I have included the introduction and the controversial points by him and Edward Nydle. They are members of the same organization.
It now seems there is a running controversy between his organization and the Karaite movement. Edward Nydle introduces his article with this thought in mind. Edward goes on to reveal the Judas characteristics (betrayers) of the Karaite people during WW2. Edward Nydle states the following:
(from the preceding article entitled)
Rabbi Edward Levi Nydle/Levi bar Ido
I must tell you that Edward Nydle is correct in his research and allegations. The Karaites are a deceitful group of people. They are hypocrites of the highest order. Nevertheless, they are of no concern to us here at Truth On The Net Dot Com. Their pernicious ways cannot be followed by any clear thinking individual. Also their Abib observations and dating are sporadic at best. They have been found in error on several occasions.
Moshe Koniuchowsky's article continues with aligning the Temple service with barley, wave sheaf. He says the Temple must be standing to correctly observe this practice. Observe:
No Standing Temple [Ibid]
I can tell Moshe is somewhat angry in this article. I do not altogether agree with everything said by either of these writers. As Moshe has had dealings with the Karaites previously, I'll leave him to deal with them.
Moshe, just in passing! When was the Levitical Priesthood established? Was Abib observed prior to the מִשְׁכָּן mishkân mish-kawn being built and established? If everything is contingent upon temple service, who, or better yet, what is the temple today for true believers?
If Yahshua the Messiah was the temple of the living Elohim... Where does that put the temple service and the Levitical Priesthood today? If Yahshua's sacrifice fulfilled the sacrificial system for our time, doesn't this negate the temple service? Doesn't this negate wearing yarmulkes, prayer shawls, and all the trappings associated with temple service. Only the High Priest the Kohen haGadol and the Levites that served in the Mishkan and temple wore head coverings. If this service has been set aside...
What Prieshood are we true
believers under? Levitical or Melchezedek? Shouldn't we be rightly
dividing the word of truth?
How Yahshua Observed Passover
What is believed by the Rabbinical authority today is posted below.
In the middle of the fourth century C.E., Hillel II set down scientific rules for the computation of the calendar based on the new moon sighting. This began the standardization of the Jewish calendar into what it is currently, without the need for eyewitnesses and the involvement of the Sanhedrin.
For over a thousand years, the Hebrew calendar has been fixed by calculation. Today, the Hebrew calendar does not match what is determined by New Moon observation. Even thought the gap between the two calendars continues to increase, the Jewish people do not have the authority to alter the calendar until a new Sanhedrin (religious high court) is re-established. While sanctification of the month according to observation is not practiced today, it is important to carry out calculations and practice observing the New Moon in order to be ready for when the Sanhedrin is re-established. Likewise, there is increasing involvement in the Temple, red heifer, etc. Of course, we are not intending to change the current calendar (this is a task for an authorized Sanhedrin) but just to increase involvement in and embellish the Torah.
The Sanhedrin once again is being re-established in Israel. Soon, the temple will be re-built and the Priesthood will start sacrificing animals leading up to the cessation of such sacrifices and the revelation of Anti-Messiah−the Man of Sin.
I will enclose an example of New Moon calculations.
2003 NEW MOONS
Barley is closely associated with Abib. The term barley is:
#8184 שְׂעֹרָה / שְׂעוֹר / שְׂעֹר / שְׂעוֹרָה se'ôrâh / se'ôr BDB Definition: 1) barley 1a) barley (of the plant) 1b) barley (of the meal or grain) Part of Speech: noun feminine A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H8175 in the sense of roughness .
Same Word by TWOT Number: 2274f
34 Total KJV Occurrences: barley, Ex 9:31 (2), Lev 27:16, Num 5:15, Deut 8:8, Judg 7:13, Ruth 1:22, Ruth 2:17, Ruth 2:23, Ruth 3:2, Ruth 3:15, Ruth 3:17, 2 Sam 14:30, 2 Sam 17:28, 2 Sam 21:9, 1 Kin 4:28, 2 Kin 4:42, 2 Kin 7:1, 2 Kin 7:16, 2 Kin 7:18, 1 Chr 11:13, 2 Chr 2:10, 2 Chr 2:15, 2 Chr 27:5, Job 31:40, Isa 28:25, Ezek 4:8-9 (2), Ezek 4:12, Ezek 13:19, Ezek 45:13, Hos 3:2 (2), Joel 1:11
And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:14
He appointed the moon for
|31| And the flax and the barley
was struck; for
the barley was ripe, and the flax was in bud.
This now leaves us with the question? What are the Passover and Unleavened Bread dates for 2005? I will post some dates below and then you can decide which one you will keep.
Passover Date - Dates of Passover - Pesach Date - Dates of Pesach
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It has been reported by some
within the Land of Israel that the barley is ripe in the Land. Those individuals
are saying that this factor alone mandates that we change the time of the
celebration of Passover to this month.
Rabbi Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky
(Where do I get this information? Many things are forwarded directly to me from people that think I might have an interest in these kind of items. Yes I do, and thank you for sending them. A.N. Hawke)
Yours in Yahshua, Hawke
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