The Firsts (Resheet) of the Barley Harvest - Photos from Israel
March 22, 2011 C.E.
Ripening barley does not determine when a Hebrew Year begins, the sun and the moon do according to Genesis 1:14. The rule of the equinox always places Day 15 of Month 1 on or after the Hebrew Day of the spring equinox. Therefore in some years there will be Firsts (Resheet) of Aviv barley after the first half of Month 12, and in some years there will be Firsts (Resheet) Aviv barley after the first half of Month 1.
There were large amounts of Aviv barley in the Jordan Valley on Day 16 of Month 1 on March 22, 2011 C.E. This barley ranged between Soft Dough to Hard Dough, or 85-87 on the Zadoks Scale of cereal grain developmental stages. There is almost always some Aviv barley in Israel by the spring equinox, and the wheat harvest usually begins to be harvested in late April in Israel.
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