So what exactly is the new moon?

It is my testimony today that the answer lies in fact… in the very Hebrew word itself that is used for the English words: New Moon. The Hebrew word for New Moon is — chodesh, or you may see it spelled as Hhodesh, with the Hh being the sound of ‘ch’ like we find in the name “Bach” the composer. When you see the double h’s together and/or with an underlined H you can know that the writer is telling you the letter is the Hebrew letter “chet” in the Hebrew alpha bet and is ח.

To find out what this word for New Moon, chodesh, means… let’s break it back down into the way Moshe wrote it in the PaleoHebrew pictograph and then derive the meaning and interpretation. This is what was shown to me.

We have: ch (or the letter chet)

We have: d (or the letter dalet)

We have: sh (or the letter shin)

[All the Hebrew letter images and information is from Jeff A. Benner’s site: The Ancient Hebrew Research Center and all credit goes to his work for this]

The letter ch is literally a tent wall. Here is how it was expressed long ago


We can ask the question: what does a tent wall DO? It divides, it separates. It keeps the outside things outside and the inside things inside. In ancient times it kept the men’s side of the house separate from the women’s side of the house. That is it in a nutshell.

Next we have the letter dalet. Here is how the dalet was expressed long ago:

The basic meaning of the letter dalet  is “door” but has several other meanings associated with it. It can mean “a back and forth movement” as one goes back and forth through the tent or through the door. It can mean “dangle” as the tent door dangled down from a roof pole of the tent.


We can ask the question: What does a tent door DO? It moves in a back and forth motion or up and down motion. Even today our doors still swing right to left or left to right and indicate an understanding of “motion or movement”

The last letter in the Hebrew word “chodesh” for New Moon is the shin.

Here is how the letter shin was expressed long ago:


The Ancient picture for this letter is , a picture of the two front teeth. This letter has the meanings of teeth, sharp and press (from the function of the teeth when chewing). It also has the meaning of two, again, both or second from the two teeth.

So we can ask the question: What do teeth DO? Teeth of course chew, rip, devour, and consume. Many times the shin in fact indicate devouring or consuming as in the Hebrew word for completeness and peace – shalom (Devouring or consuming the bondage or yoke of chaos).

Taking these three pictographs together now to form a concept for what the New Moon is… we have


Movement (opening, closing, going in or going out)


I was meditating on this concept for a long time until I finally applied the literal Hebrew letters to the moon and what it does each month. I am not making this stuff up. YaHUaH, in His Word, calls this activity of the moon – chodesh – it separates moves and devours, separates moves and devours. And so there must be a reason for this and here is what I saw…



We can see that the “separating” part of this word chodesh can only be at one or two points in the orbits of the sun, moon, and earth. There is a time when the earth and sun are “separated” by the moon such that no light shines upon the side of the moon facing earth – this would be the point of conjunction. There is a second time when the moon and sun are separated by the earth such that the entire side of the moon facing earth is lit up – this would be the full moon. There are some who believe the full moon to be the chodesh, or renewed moon but simply thinking about a couple of things this brings to bear eventually eliminates this option.

One is, if the full moon is the chodesh or the renewed moon, why then does the moon immediately after the full moon being waning. The full moon begins getting “smaller” after its fullness, not enlarging. Seems as though this goes against the concept of renewal in and of itself. Why is something renewed only to begin waning immediately?

Secondly, it seems illogical that our Creator would have His people feasting in the dark on the festivals. If the chodesh or renewed moon is a full moon, then fifteen days after that — the common time of festivals — then the festivals would be under a dark moon and there would be no light. This concept of having festivals during times of darkness, although could be true, just does not seem likely. It would also go against all the set patterns of Scriptural and literal concepts of how most things begin. Most things, including life itself, begin in the dark and then come forth into the light.

The only time of separation we are now left with is the time that the moon is between the earth and the sun… literally separating us from its light that is being reflected by the moon back onto the sun. We are in darkness during this time throughout the nighttime hours. A sliver of a moon doesn’t quite fit this concept of separation that is indicated by the Hebrew letter “chet” I just don’t see another way around this implication. A sliver is not a closed door, but a partially opened one. I do believe that the sliver moon is “visual proof” of the renewed moon or chodesh… but certainly we know that this sliver is anywhere from one to two days old by the time we see it. And we are to walk by faith and not by sight.

The dalet in the middle of the word chodesh brings to mind the concept of movement or moving as we saw in the meaning of the tent door from above. In fact we know the moon moves are travels in its course around the earth. It is somewhat like an opening and closing of a tent door as it slowly opens until it is fully opened and then slowly closes again until it is fully closed. Science and astronomy call this movement — moon phases 🙂


It is fascinating to me to see this slowly opening door of light that was once closed completely, to then  go to fully opened such that all light is allowed and then back to closed again when we are once again separated from the moonlight. It just makes too much sense. But there is one more letter to incorporate.

The shin gives us the concept of consuming or devouring as we saw above. Certainly at the time of the full moon there is a devouring or a consuming of the darkness of the night hours. Most of us have seen the light of a full moon and how it is almost like the lights are on outside in the dead of midnight! This is our chodesh devouring and consuming the darkness for us! And how thankful we are for this too as we hold festivals to YaHUaH and many times enjoy worship, praise, reading, and fellowship into the hours of the night. Or perhaps we are having to travel as the children of Israel were when they left Egypt and were called out into the wilderness to worship and serve YaHUaH at that wonderful time of Unleavened Bread so many years ago. Imagine how bright the light of the full moon would have been in a world without electricity!!! Wow! you better believe it was bright indeed!

I pray you have enjoyed this article and the pictograph provided by the word “chodesh” The meaning truly is in the word itself and should remove all confusion and differences. We are each on our journey back to Him and we shall all get there because of His Ever LovingKindness towards us to bring us to Him. YaHUaH and YaHUaH alone be praised for all His Works, Blessings, Gifts, and Love. May we love Him back in the searching out of His Ways, Guard His Torah, Obey His Voice to the best of our ability (which He also provides 🙂 )