Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Exclusive Material: Can we have two Shabbats in a row?

Here is a good looking question. Can we have two Shabbats in a row?

At this time, I am inclined to say yes. Here is why...

According to observation of the moon, there is sometimes less than a day between Old Moon Shabbat and New Moon Shabbat. This produces Two Shabbats in a row, which seem somewhat suspicious.

I did quite a lot of thinking on the issue and this seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to the problem.

We need to account for the manna for the two Shabbats at the end of some lunar months. This can be argued from Exodus

Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 16:22 . And it cometh to pass on the sixth day, they have gathered a second bread, two omers for one, and all the princes of the company come in, and declare to Moses.
Here it really says "multiple" not "second" or "double". So even though in this particular verse it means "bread of two days", in other verses, imho, it can be interpreted as "bread of several days".
YLT Ex 16:29 see, because Jehovah hath given to you the sabbath, therefore He is giving to you on the sixth day bread of two days; abide ye each in his place, no one doth go out from his place on the seventh day.' 
And here we see the same thing. It really says "bread of days", not "bread of two days" as most translation say. Therefore, we can also interpret this as God giving us "bread of (several) days", thus we can have two Shabbats in a row.

Also, keep in mind that since in the original Torah calendar there was never 2 Shabbats in a row at the end of the month, we can assume that it is ok to have two in a row now due to the Moon cycle change. I know, it is a weak argument, but it is true nevertheless.

Out of curiosity I checked and my NIP shows the same reading in all 3 witnesses, meaning that my interpretation can be valid.

This is why I think my calendar is correct and fully according to the Torah. Please see my calendar here.

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