Rosh Hashanah: How The Seventh Month, And Not The First – Is The New Year

The aim of this explanation is to share how the Jewish New Year takes place on Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets – ref. Leviticus 23:24).

Some statutes with regard to observing Rosh Hashanah will also be touched upon.

Rosh Hashanah takes place on the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) on the Hebrew calandar – and all this is despite Nisan (Abib) being described as the first month of the year in Exodus 12:2;

This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Exodus 12:2 KJV

Essentially, Tishrei (the seventh month) serves as the first (beginning) month of the year.

Nisan serves as the first month that the months of the year are listed in.

Nisan is thus likened to a shopping list, where the first item (Nisan) appears at the top, and the rest of the months follow.

The seventh item (month) on the list, Tishrei, is however regarded as the beginning of the Jewish New Year – despite its position.