A signal for special Hebrew preparations, the twelfth new moon sighting was recently announced. That triggers my attentions to my larder, my pantry.
As commanded in Exodus, the new year will begin soon. It’s signaled by the first moon during or after the aviv stage of the barley in Israel. From Wikipedia, ” aviv is the stage in the growth of grain when the seeds have reached full size and are filling with starch, but have not dried yet “.
This twelfth month means that soon there will be teams searching to determine the barley stage just prior to the next new moon – if the majority of the barley is at aviv, then the new year begins with the next new moon.
That means that Pesach/Passover and Chag Ha’Matzot/Unleavened Bread would follow shortly after. Time for me to begin using up what I have of leavened items/leavening in my cupboards.
Last year, I was not as prepared, and tossed out nearly $100 worth of prepared foods from the outer food storage areas: deep freezer and pantry. It’s what had to be done.
This year, I’m trying to be less wasteful. It’s so hard to remember when I’m at the store, buying in excess – “no, the remaining panko breading is enough to get through the next six weeks”. I hope I’m not talking out loud when I remind myself, but that seems to be one of my recently acquired skills. Ah, the freedom of age, eh?