Rosh Hashanah Has Competition for the Beginning of the Jewish Year

Why the first of Nisan, which falls on this coming Saturday, would seem to be the most important date of all.

Five elements from a painted Byzantine hanging depicting the Israelite crossing of the Red Sea, mid-2nd to mid-4th century CE, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Five elements from a painted Byzantine hanging depicting the Israelite crossing of the Red Sea, mid-2nd to mid-4th century CE, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Observation
April 3 2019
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Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


It’s common knowledge that Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, is the Jewish new year. And yet, despite the obvious importance of this High Holy Day, the Bible quite clearly stipulates another month entirely as marking the true beginning of the Jewish year. That is the month of Nisan, whose first day falls this year on Saturday, April 6. By dint of its connection to the story of the Exodus from Egypt, Nisan would indeed seem to be the most important month of all.

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