As we learn and draw closer to YHVH and His Son, the desire for obedience can sometimes cause us to overcorrect. One place where it is easy to go a bit too far in our observances is with the new moons. It is hard to argue from a negative, but the reality is that the Moedim, the appointed times, often referred to as the feasts (even though they are not all feasts) are listed at Leviticus 23 and observing the new moons is absent. From Leviticus 23, the only new moon to be observed is the new moon of the 7th month which is Yom Teruah. The list of observances in Leviticus 23 includes the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths. There is no command to observe 12 (or 13) monthly sabbaths.

With that said, observing the new moons is certainly something that was done and is commanded in Torah, it’s just not commanded for the entire assembly to observe as a sabbath.

Then at the beginning of each of your months you shall present a burnt offering to YHVH: two bulls and one ram, seven male lambs one year old without defect; (Num 28:11)

Sure enough, there was to be a specific offering at the beginning of each month. What is missing from these instructions, however, is elevating the first of every month being sabbaths.

“Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your Elohim. I am YHVH your Elohim.” (Num 10:10)

Here we can see specifically that the first of the months was not considered an appointed feast. There is one word in Hebrew for appointed feasts in the text above, which is moedim. That is the same word used to introduce the appointed times in Leviticus 23 – the Sabbaths. Then there are two words for “first days of your months” which are “rosh chodesh”. Sorry to beat the dead horse, but if the first of the months were the same as the appointed times then this sentence would make no sense.

None of this means that the brethren should or shouldn’t observe the new moons. There are several rationales for observing them and for not observing them. This article is not about whether to observe or not. However, if you are moved to observe the new moons, please do so only to the glory of YHVH. Make sure that in your observances you do not turn to the right or the left from what has been written.