The State of the Barley 2018

Joseph F. Dumond

Isa 6:9-12 And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn back, and be healed. Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation, and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.

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Published: Mar 13, 2018

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The 1st Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 22nd year of the Jubilee Cycle
The 25th day of the 12th month 5853 years after the creation of Adam
The 12th Month in the First year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence

March 14, 2018

Shalom To the Royal Family,

We now have our first Barely report for this year of 2018.

We at sightedmoon believe the barley must be Aviv enough to roast it by Wave Sheaf day during the days of Unleavened Bread. This position has caused us to be on the outs with some groups. But this is our position. If the barley is not Aviv by wave sheaf day then what is the point of looking for the barley. It is only needed to make a wave offering on that day. Wave sheaf day will be on April 8, 2018. That is still 3 1/2 weeks away or 26 days for the Barley to ripen even more than what is now being reported on March 13, 2018. See below.

We are waiting for another couple of reports to come in over the next few days. But we have this report and it is enough for us to state that we will be keeping Passover once the new crescent moon has been sighted this coming Sunday night. Then we can declare when the Holy Days are precisely. You can, if you want to, go to Lev 23 now and read when the Holy Days are and do your own calculating to see how close you come.

And just a reminder that you are to have all leaven out of your homes by Passover. This includes your cars and work areas, and lunch pails.

The following report is from Brian Convery of¬† and the Pictures might also be his although I did get them from Becca Biderman’s site.



You can learn more about the Zodak Scale at this link


Abib Report: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hi Folks, Difficult flight for me with luggage still flying around somewhere with clothes, camera, charging cords etc. We got an early start this morning heading to the locations of our traditionally early fields in the Western Negev. We started seeing fields of domestic grain rapidly turning color on Route 3 as we approached Rt. 232. Many of you are aware that this area usually leads the pack for early maturing. Hopefully pictures will load and send out in our cobbled setup. At this location we did find the red strain wild barley that was physiologically mature. If given a few days to dry in the sun as a cut sheaf it would easily meet the Leviticus 2:14 minimum requirements. We found several other locations reflecting the same maturity all the way down to the Be’eri/Re’im area. All of these areas held wild, as well as domestic barley, which will be ready for a wavesheaf offering of the first of the firstfruits before the end of March on their own. Nothing we inspected in our stops in the Western Negev today was less than 6.9 on the Zadok Scale. There were a lot of samples in the 8.3 to 8.5 stages. In every instance the crew was able to witness the superior maturing qualities of the red strain of wild barley. The wild barley in the Judean Hills is less mature as is to be expected with the elevations compared to the Western Negev. We saw lambs mixed in with most flocks of sheep and goats. We also had a beautiful display of the White Storks antics as they migrated north near Kiryat Gat of all places. The traditionally early vineyards were well leafed out in most cases. Fig trees are leafing out with fruit and leaves. Tomorrow we will be heading north up the Jordon Valley to the Jezreel Valley and possibly the Coastal Plain are north of Tel Aviv. Have no way to load pictures at this time so they will follow. Brian, Sandra, Becca, Brenda, Tim, and Chance

Photos to follow


This just in from the Israeli New Moon Society:

“Hello All,
Please look for the new moon on Nissan on Sunday 18/3 / 2018.The bright planet Venus should help locate the moon. The seeing from Israel on Monday will be very easy. From southern

Europe and the US, seeing will be easier on Sunday as well, see global viewing maps .

Also, make sure to see Venus and Mercury just after sunset (This and next week) at the west, they look great together.”




  1. Andre


  2. Pauline

    Thank you!

  3. TOM

    HAPPY new YEAR 1 , 1 2018
    THANKS JOE 4 full Report an witnessess ..

  4. Melissa

    Thank you! We have been anxiously waiting these reports. Blessings!

  5. Marc Gravelle

    March 14th, 2018, Langley, BC
    Thanks for the report Joe
    Scripture tells us that we put a smile on YHVH’s face when we willingly obey His Commandments and rejoice in His designated feasts. So that is my thought for the day, picture our heavenly Father with a great big smile on His face because of YOU and all His children that are willingly and lovingly preparing to celebrate and rejoice in our heavenly Father’s appointed Times. Amein

  6. Anonymous

    Thanks so much!

  7. Anita


  8. peter and jacquelyn smith

    Hi Joseph:
    Bless you. What you say about barley’s ripening for First Fruits makes sense. However is there historic proof this was actually done – like quotes from Titus Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, RASHI?
    You have brought many people to the sebaticle year, including me.
    The Janitor, Peter

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      Rambam does an extensive explanation of how to interrogate the witnesses for the sighting of the new moon. Why does he do this? In the Mishneh that He wrote is also a detailed explanation of how to reap the Barley. We have quoted this many times in our teachings. If they did not need the barley then why explain how to harvest the first fruits of it? Why explain how to prepare it?

  9. Cheri

    Thank you for such a wonderful report … Blessings for your Spring Feast 2018…
    Monte & Cheri

  10. Steven Smith

    So grateful for this information. Thank you so much.

  11. Zimrath

    Question: How can we say the crescent moon on 18 March is the “New Moon?’ It is already in the stages of replenishing itself as a cescent moon. Would not it be that the conjunction of the moon, when completely dark, is the New Moon? That is what I follow for New Moon sighting, which is not actually a sighting at all, but a lack of moon. Todah ,Zimrath

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      The Biblical month begins with the crescent New Moon, also called First Visible Sliver. The Hebrew word for month (Hodesh) literally means New Moon and only by extension the period between one New Moon and the next.
      The Rabbanite Midrash relates that when God said to Moses “This month (HODESH) shall be for you the beginning of months” (Ex 12,2) the Almighty pointed up into the heavens at the crescent New Moon and said “When you see like this, sanctify! [=declare New Moon day]”. This Rabbinic fairy-tale highlights an important point, namely that the Bible never comes out and says we should determine the beginning of months based on the New Moon. The reason for this is that the term for “Month” (Hodesh) itself implies that the month begins with the crescent New Moon. As will be seen, this would have been obvious to any ancient Israelite present when Moses recited the prophecies of Yehovah to the Children of Israel and therefore there was no need to elucidate this concept any more than such terms as “light” or “dark”. However, due to the long exile, we have lost the use of Biblical Hebrew in day to day speech. Therefore, we will have to reconstruct the meaning of Hodesh from the usage of the word in the Biblical text using sound linguistic principles.
      He Created the Moon for Holidays
      There can be no doubt that the biblical Holidays are dependent on the moon. The strongest proof of this is the passage in Ps 104,19 which declares:
      “He created the moon for Mo’adim [appointed times]”
      The Hebrew term Mo’adim [appointed times] is the same word used to describe the Biblical Holidays. Leviticus 23, which contains a catalogue of the Biblical Holidays opens with the statement: “These are the Mo’adim [appointed times] of Yehovah, holy convocations which you shall proclaim in their appointed times [Mo’adam].”. So when the Psalmist tells us that God created the moon for Mo’adim [appointed times] he means that the moon was created to determine the time of the Mo’adim of Yehovah, that is, the Biblical Holidays.
      “Hodesh” Is Related To the Moon
      The above verse clearly teaches us that the holidays are related to the moon. But when the Torah was given Ps 104 had not yet been written by the Levitical prophets, and the question still remains of how the ancient Israelites could have known this. The answer is that the Hebrew word for month (Hodesh) itself indicates a connection to the moon. We can see this connection in a number of instances in which Hodesh (month) is used interchangeably with the word “Yerah”, the common Biblical Hebrew word for moon, which by extension also means “month”. For example:
      “…in the month (Yerah) of Bul,
      which is the Eighth month (Hodesh)…” (1 Kings 6:38)
      “…in the month (Yerah) of Ethanim… which is the Seventh month (Hodesh)…” (1 Kings 8:2)
      Another proof that Hodesh is related to the moon (Yerah) is the phrase “A Hodesh (month) of days” (Gen 29:14; Nu 11:20-21) [meaning a period of 29 or 30 days] which is equivalent to the phrase “A Yerah (month/ moon) of days” (Dt 21:13; 2 Ki 15:13). Clearly then Hodesh is related to “Yerah”, which itself literally means “moon”.
      “Hodesh” Means New Moon (Day)
      The primary meaning of Hodesh (month) is actually “New Moon” or “New Moon Day” and it is only by extension that it came to mean “month”, that is, the period between one New Moon and the next. This primary meaning is preserved in a number of passages such as 1Sam 20:5 in which Jonathan says to David “Tomorrow is the New Moon (Hodesh)”. Clearly, in this verse Hodesh is used to refer to the specific day on which the month begins and not the entire month. Another passage which uses Hodesh in its primary sense is Ez 46:1 which talks about “The Day (Yom) of the New Moon (Ha-Hodesh)”. Clearly in this verse Hodesh (New Moon) is a specific event and the beginning of the month is the day on which this event (New Moon) occurs.
      The Biblical New Moon is the “First Crescent”
      “Hodesh” (New Moon), is derived from the root H.D.SH. meaning “new” or “to make new/ renew”. The Crescent New Moon is called Hodesh because it is the first time the moon is seen anew after being concealed for several days at the end of the lunar cycle. At the end of the lunar month the moon is close to the sun 1 and eventually reaches the point of “conjunction” when it passes between the Sun and the Earth.2 As a result, around the time of conjunction very little of the moon’s illuminated surface faces the Earth and it is not visible through the infinitely brighter glare of the sun. After the moon moves past the sun it continues towards the opposite side of the Earth. As it gets farther away from the sun the percentage of its illuminated surface facing the Earth increases and one evening shortly after sunset the moon is seen anew after being invisible for 1.5-3.5 days. Because the moon is seen anew after a period of invisibility the ancients called it a “New Moon” or “Hodesh” (from Hadash meaning “new”).
      Crescent New Moon vs. Astronomical New Moon
      Many people have been led astray by the inaccurate use in modern languages of the term “New Moon”. Modern astronomers adopted this otherwise unused term, which had always referred to the first visible sliver, and used it to refer to conjunction (when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, at which time it is not visible). The astronomers soon realized that the inaccurate use of “New Moon” to refer to conjunction would lead to confusion so to be more accurate scientists now distinguish between “Astronomical New Moon” and “Crescent New Moon”. “Astronomical New Moon” means New Moon as the term is used by astronomers, i.e. conjunction. In contrast, “Crescent New Moon” uses the term in the original meaning of the first visible sliver. A good English dictionary should reflect both meanings. For example, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged Edition defines New Moon as: “The moon either when in conjunction with the sun or soon after being either invisible [Astronomical New Moon] or visible [Crescent New Moon] only as a slender crescent.” (square brackets added by NG).
      The Supposed Evidence For “Concealed Moon”
      Having been confused by the use of the term New Moon in modern astronomy some people have sought Biblical support for this incorrect meaning of the term. Ps 81:3 [Heb. 81:4] is usually cited which says:
      “Blow on a horn for the Hodesh (New Moon)
      On the Keseh (Full Moon) for the Day of our Hag (Feast).”
      According to the “Concealed Moon Theory”, the term “Keseh” is derived from the root K.S.Y. meaning “to cover” and thus means “covered moon” or “concealed moon”. According to this interpretation, when the verse says to blow on a horn on the day of Keseh it actually means “[blow on a horn] on the day of Concealed Moon”. However, the language does not support this argument for the second half of the verse also refers to the day of Keseh as “the day of our Feast (Hag)”. In the Bible, Feast (Hag) is a technical term which always refers to the three annual pilgrimage-feasts (Matzot, Shavuot, Sukkot; see Ex 23; Ex 34).3 New Moon Day (Hodesh) is never classified as a “Pilgrimage-Feast” so Keseh/ Hag can not possibly be synonymous with New Moon Day (Hodesh). It has further been suggested that Keseh refers to the Biblical holiday of Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting), which always falls out on New Moon Day. However, the Bible describes Yom Teruah as a Moed (appointed time) and never as a Hag (Pilgrimage-Feast) so Keseh/ Hag can not refer to Yom Teruah either.
      What Does Keseh Really Mean?
      It is likely that Keseh is related to the Aramaic word “Kista” and the Assyrian word “Kuseu” which mean “full moon” (see Brown-Driver-Briggs page 490b) [Hebrew, Aramaic, and Assyrian are all Semitic languages and often share common roots]. This fits in perfectly with the description of Keseh as the day of the Hag since two of the three Pilgrimage-Feasts (Hag HaMatzot and Hag HaSukkot) are on the 15th of the month, which is about the time of the Full Moon!
      More on “Concealed Moon”
      Another point to consider is that there is no actual “day” of concealed moon. In fact the moon stays concealed anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 days in the Middle East. It has been proposed that the “day” of concealed moon is actually the day of conjunction (when the moon passes between the Earth and Sun). However, it was only 1000 years after Moses that the Babylonian astronomers discovered how to calculate the moment of conjunction. Therefore, the ancient Israelites would have had no way of knowing when the moment of conjunction takes place and would not have known on which day to observe “Concealed Moon Day”.
      It has been suggested that the ancient Israelites could have looked at the “Old Moon” and determined the Day of Conjunction by when the Old Moon was no longer visible in the morning sky. However, such a method would not work in the Middle East where the so-called “concealed moon” can remain concealed for as many as 3.5 days! It is in fact common for the moon to stay concealed for 2.5 days and in such instances how would the ancient Israelites have known which day was the Day of Conjunction?
      In contrast, the ancient Israelites would have been well aware of the Crescent New Moon. In ancient societies people worked from dawn to dusk and they would have noticed the Old Moon getting smaller and smaller in the morning sky. When the morning moon had disappeared the ancient Israelites would have anxiously awaited its reappearance 1.5-3.5 days later in the evening sky. Having disappeared for several days and then appearing anew in the early evening sky they would have called it the “New Moon” or “Hodesh” (from Hadash meaning “New”).

  12. Zimrath

    Yahusha was always saying not to follow the teachings of men, but of Scripture from Yahuah Alahim. The sighting of the crescent moon and the needing witnesses to be interrogated is Rabinnical, Talmudic teachings, which speak abhorically and heinously about Mashiach/Messiah and His Mother Miryam. The Oral Torah was created by Rabbis, not The Father. Do you know this? If not, please read it for yourself, do not go on just my words.

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      It is obvious you have not been reading very much of the things I teach. The Oral Torah records how they sighted moon and required two witnesses before they switched to the Calculated Hebrew Calendar that you are now following using the dark moon to begin the month. That was created by Hillel in 352 CE when Judah was being forced out of Israel by the Romans. The calendar you are following now is, in fact, one created by the Rabbis who added postponement rules to move the feast days by one two or three days so that they do not land beside the weekly Sabbath. That is the Rabbinical system you NOW USE.
      Anyone who does any historical research at all will learn that the sighting of the moon has always been the method to start the month. And only after Hillel in 352 did they begin to switch to the calculated method and it was not fully instituted until the 12th century by Rambam. This is what you follow.
      The New Moon Society which is an arm of the Sanhedrin states that once the Sanhedrin is fully operational they will once again go back to the sighting of the new moon to begin the month.

  13. Zimrath

    Shalom Mr. Dumond,
    I just wanted to say that the previous 2 questions I asked of you regarding the Abib Barley and the calendar are asked with no malice or indoctrination, they are asked and the information I saw was passed on to you with meekness and love in my heart for my brother. Aman.

  14. William Klimek

    Your preconceived ideas of His calendar, that are derived from your own predilections, and not by revelation from the Most High, cause all your calculations to fail. Your foundations are off. Your motives are false. Your words are your own. No amount of your manipulations of thought that get presented as “His Truth” qualify as such. Soon, all will come to know that they have been mislead, how they have been mislead, and why they have been mislead. Every notion, suggestion, and idea that is not authentically given by YHVH, will be proven false. Those who insist they are right when they are wrong, will be exposed as frauds. Those who conscript for money, power, privilege and influence will be dealt with harshly, for their recalcitrant ways and persecution of all who have righteously disagreed with them. The kingdom is coming and the separation of goats and sheep with it. Take heed.

    • Joseph F. Dumond

      I am only leaving your comment here so that others can see some of the nonsense I get on a regular basis.

  15. Ben

    Very good, thanks for the report, Joe!