2012 UPDATE: If you're looking for information on 2012's Aviv Barley search, go here: Aviv Found in Northern Negev!! Feast of Unleavend Bread begins April 6th (2012)
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Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:58 AM
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Subject: [Karaite Korner Newsletter] #373: Aviv Found!
Karaite Korner Newsletter #373
On Thursday March 26, 2009 we found Aviv Barley in two fields in the Jordan Valley, several kilometers south of Beth Shean. Samplings from these plots of barley were between 70% and 90% Aviv or beyond. Much of the barley we found had ripened past the stage of Aviv. Based on this there will definitely be sufficient quantities of barley that will be harvest-ready in two weeks time. Therefore, the upcoming new moon this Friday night will begin the Month of the Aviv and the new biblical year.
Chag HaMatzot (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) will begin on April 10 at sunset and continue until April 17 at sunset.
Photographs of this year's Aviv taken by CB Newman are posted at:
The following people participated in today's Aviv Search:
Nehemia Gordon, Ruthanne Koch, Devorah Gordon, Dina Marcus, Daniel Pitrone, Baruch ben Hosea, Adam Kinghorn, Bruce Brill, Larry Moldaur, Valerie Knowles, Miri Burgin, C. B. Newman, and Randy Boer.
We will examine the barley in the northern Negev tomorrow. However, our findings so far are adequate to determine that the upcoming new moon will begin the new biblical year.
and Ruthanne Koch