March 18, 2018The Aviv Search Team has spent the past few days inspected the barley crop in the Land of Israel to determine whether this year needs to be intercalated with a 13th month. We concentrated our search in the Northern Negev, Judean Hills, and the Jordan Valley, as barley ripens first in these regions.
The barley in the Judean Hills and Jordan Valley was quite immature this year, while the barley in the Northern Negev was more mature. The most developed location we looked at in the Northern Negev had a good amount of patches of aviv barley. We also found some individual stalks at other fields. It is the unanimous conclusion of the participants, that we found enough aviv barley to begin the year with the upcoming new moon sighting.
Photo by: Harold Tarter
Photo by: Yoel Halevi
We praise Yehovah for the protection He provided us on our excursions. I also wish to thank each of the participants of this year’s Aviv Search for contributing your unique skills and perspectives, and coming together as a team to make this year’s search another great success. And a very special thank you to all of you who have chosen to be a part of restoring the Biblical Calendar by supporting our efforts, we really can’t thank you enough for your support.
2018 Aviv Search Participants: Devorah Gordon, Yoel Halevi, Harold Tarter, Willie Ondricek (Northern Negev only), Cari Tarter (Judean Hills/Jordan Valley only).