The Biblical new year is coming up soon and I wanted to get you guys this free printable for the Hebrew and High Holidays 2022, so hopefully, you will feel a little bit more prepared for the feast days.
Picking out a calendar and knowing when the feast days are coming can be stressful and overwhelming.
How We Pick Out A Calendar
After researching and praying about it, we decided to stray away from solely using the Traditional Jewish calendar because the fixed calendar dates don’t always line up the spotting of the new moon by the naked eye. Oftentimes we spot the new moon after it has been declared by this calendar. God gave us the sun, moon, and stars so that we will know the times and seasons. By knowing when the new moon actually occurs we can better know when to celebrate the feast days.
Genesis 1:14: “And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, to divide between day and night and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years. ”
A few of the tools we use to spot the new moon are:
- Our eyes. We go outside to see if we can spot the sliver of the new moon in the sky.
- Renewed moon – This is a website that posts when the new moon has been spotted by someone around the world. They also have an outline when the feast days will occur based on aviv barley(which signals the start of spring and the new year).
- Messianic Sabbath – A website that posts the dates of the high holidays based on the new moon. They calculate it based on the moon’s phase and position at any time from any longitude/longitude on earth. The dates are pretty similar to what we were already doing on our own. They also have a list of when the new moon days are expected for 2022. I would highly recommend you print this list out too!
The dates I have listed in the printable are predicted based on the sighting of the new moon. The feast dates are also only listed for the duration specified in the Bible. I know it is tradition to celebrate the feast days for longer or shorter depending on if you are in Israel or not. The Bible doesn’t say this, and therefore the dates do not reflect this tradition.
By relying on the sighting of the new moon, we will be celebrating the feast days on different days than the traditional calendar, but I believe these are Biblically the correct days.
Overview of Hebrew and High Holidays
Here is a quick overview of all the Hebrew and High Holidays. If you are looking for a more in-depth study of these days check out this post – Introduction The Spring Feast Days and Introduction to The Fall Holidays!
Purim or the Feast of Lots is found in the book of Esther. This holiday celebrates God saving our people from annihilation by Haman through a decree of King Artaxerxes following the Babylonian Captivity.
It is not a High Holiday commanded by God, but one that we celebrate to commemorate this victory.
Biblical New Year
The true New Year’s Day. God told Moses that this was the beginning of the year. It is great to note this day because we will base the rest of our calculations for the feast days from this day, especially Passover.
The celebration that we were passed over by the spirit of death in Egypt. We eat lamb, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread on this day.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is when we left Egypt! We remove all leavening from our homes during this 7-day holiday, and eat unleavened bread. The first and last days are Sabbath rest days.
Feast of First Fruits
On this day the first fruits of the barley harvest were given to the priest and were presented before the Lord as a wave offering. This holiday always occurs on the secular Easter, and it is a day to be thankful for the provision that Elohim has given us. Today we start counting daily to Shavuot, 7 Sabbaths + 1 day away.
Second Passover is a helpful holiday for those who weren’t able to keep Passover in the month of the Nisan. If you were unclean or away traveling during Passover and therefore couldn’t keep it, you have a do-over day in the second month – Iyar 14. You only keep the Passover meal, not the feast of Unleavened Bread.
Shavuot, the day we have been waiting for! I believe our daily counting (Counting the omer) until Shavuot is reminiscent of when God prepared the people to receive the Law on Mount Sinai. It is an exciting time and I am always a little sad when everything is over. This is a sabbath-rest day.
After a long 4 months without any holidays, it begins again! It is a day of joy, gladness, and for sounding trumpets! This is a sabbath day of rest.
This is the Holy Day of Atonement. This is a day of strict rest and a day of prayer and fasting. Some people fast on this day and others do not. Pray and decide what you will do on this day.
This day is also called “The Time of Our Joy”. This is an 8-day feasting holiday. We spend 7 days in the booth dwelling in remembrance of when God caused our forefathers to dwell in tents for 40 years in the wilderness. The first and eighth days are Sabbath rest days.
The Festival of Lights is also a joyous time for our people. It is a time to remember when the Maccabees fought back against the Greeks and restored the Temple sacrifices and the daily lighting of the Menorah. This story can be found in the first Book of Maccabees. Even though Hanukkah is not a High Holiday, we celebrate this holiday in remembrance of the restoration of our laws and the victory God gave the Maccabees during this time.
Don’t forget to get your free printable for the 2022 Hebrew and High Holidays! Let me know which holiday you are most excited about! Shalom!