Tonight is the Full Moon, the middle of the lunar month. The full moon was ritually celebrated in the ancient BC era by a Shabbat, a day of taking-rest for ritual purposes. Tonight’s full moon also happens to fall on the separate ancient BC era concept of a civil day of rest from work, known as the Seventh day of rest to a long week of work. Enjoy our modern evolution of these two concepts combined, as we enjoy this two day weekend of taking rest while enjoying the bright light beauty of the full moon!
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Tonight is the Full Moon. The ancient Jewish ritual night of the monthly Shabbat – literally, (day of) “taking-rest” – which was celebrated in ancient monarchy-based first kingdom Israel monthly on the fullest night of the moon. The New Moon marks the start of the Jewish month, and the Full Moon marks the most ritually sacred night-day of the month.
With the invention of the Jewish lunar-solar calendar by the priestly caste of the second temple, theocratic-based second kingdom period (a near thousand years after the rise of the Jewish Judea and Hebrew Israel first kingdom period, monarchy times), the Shabbat was made a weekly event and celebrated on the last night-and-then-day of the seven-day week (Sabbath/Saturday).
In recognition of the ancient Jewish ancestors who celebrated Shabbat only once a month on the Full Moon – Shabat shalom, everyone!
It’s okay to celebrate both, because the weekly “taking-rest” day in ancient Jewish times was originally a civil day of taking rest, applied to work activities only, and was not set by calendar to a specific day of the week. Only through re-invention, first by the ancient theocratic priests of second temple times, then yet again by the Rabbis in modern era times (C.E./A.D., starting after the fall of the Hasmonean Israel third kingdom) has “taking-rest” become the official ritual-and-civil night that the weekly shabbat now is.