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Torah Feasts & Holy Day Calendar 2017

Calendar of the Biblical/Torah holidays (Feasts of the LORD of Leviticus 23) based on crescent new moon sightings and aviv barley search. This is not the precalculated Jewish calendar invented by the rabbis as used by the State of Israel. The rabbis put Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year's) in the fall, which is against Exodus 12:2. For more information on the Biblical calendar, read the article about the aviv barley.

2017 Biblical Holidays Dates (as of March 30, 2017)

This is the lunar-agricultural calendar of the Bible that Nehemia Gordon (and to some extent Michael Rood) researched, restored and popularized. With the aviv barley found late March and the first month new moon sighted March 29th, the Pesach dates below are set. The fall holy days are based on the assumption the crescent moon will be sighted after sunset September 21st (if not the fall feasts will all be a day later than listed).

Festival/Holiday Date *
"New Year's Day" (only for reference) March 30, 2017
Passover/Pesach April 12, 2017
1st Day of Unleavened Bread April 13, 2017
7th Day of Unleavened Bread April 19, 2017
Pentecost/Weeks (Shavuot) June 4, 2017
Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah/"Rosh Hashanah") September 22, 2017
Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) October 1, 2017
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) October 6-12, 2017
Last Great Day (Shemini Atzeret) October 13, 2017

* Note: All holy days begin the previous evening at sunset.


Q. What If the Crescent Moon Was Visible Earlier in America Than Jerusalem?
Q. What If the Calendar I Follow Is Wrong?


More of a statement than a question. The crescent moon was visible from Dallas, TX at sundown on March 12th, 2013. Since the Creator uses the laws of nature to determine times and seasons, wouldn’t it stand that if communication wasn’t as prevalent as it is today, (years ago), that those who were viewing the crescent would have started their month from their actual viewing? Thus their feast days may be one day different than those in other parts of the world.

- Torah Keeper

A. In ancient Israel, thanks to the prophets with the Holy Spirit and the priests with their urim and thumim, the revelation from God needed to know when the years (Ex 12:2) and months began and even which day was Sabbath (Ex 16) was readily available. Since it was a single tiny nation keeping the feasts, disseminating this revelation nationwide was not hard.

In the Millennium, all nations will keep Torah (Zech 14:16; Isa 66:23) (although it will be updated for the 21st century and not resemble ancient Israel's Torah as much as people think). I can't imagine the world will calculate the days the way that many Torah Keepers (TK) practice today, i.e., based off local local barley and lunar observations. This would have the world out of sync keeping feasts a day or even a month apart. One might argue that this is not strange since people around the world already keep Sabbath at different times. However, Sabbath is still on the same day or date in each time zone.

Instead of a local-observations-based system, prophecy seems to indicate about the Millennium that Jerusalem will be the standard and headquarters for the Torah or instruction of God:

Isaiah 2:3 (HCSB) — and many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction will go out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

How will they do it? They could use the telecommunication technologies already invented many decades ago that we are all using today to get news from Jerusalem. Or a (true, accurate) prophet in each locale would know by the Holy Spirit whether aviv barley was discovered in Jerusalem or whether the new moon was sighted. This is not a problem for God.

One thing is for sure, at that time people will not have to write a stranger on the internet for help as everyone must resort to today. They'd just ask their local judge, Levite, priest or prophet set up as an recognized authority for such matters. =)

Don't Fear - Intention Is What Counts

That not being the situation today, those who choose to observe the Torah festivals have a choice to make on which of many proposed calendar reckonings to use. There is no reason to worry whether they have not chosen the right calendar or are observing feasts on the wrong days when there is no undisputed authority today to tell us the right calendar reckoning and end all the dispute we now see.

That you want to celebrate the "festivals of Yehovah" (Lev 23:1,4) is already pleasing to God. God judges on the heart, not by perfection of execution. Certainly whatever calendar you are convicted to go by, right or wrong, will not change God's view of you as righteous (assuming you do not judge or attack those who disagree with your choice!).

Miguel Solano - April 15, 2017

I think we, two friend of mine and I celebrated Passover on the wrong day. We celebrated the pass over on Monday night, and Tuesday the 1st day of Unleavened Bread. If I remember well, on the week of the sacrifico, Jesus celebrated the Passover on the evening of Tuesday (which is already the night part of Wednesday, died on the daytime of Wednesday, and then the 1rst Day of Unleavened Bread began that night Thursday (beginning on what we now call Wednesday evening. Do you have any comments?

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