Formally declaring the arrival of the New Moon by those responsible for ruling Bene Yisrael became the first commandment given to Bene Israel after what had been an extended family emerged as a nation. The commandment detailed in Shemoth 12:2 Has the First of Nisan set a new year, the first of a year’s months.
The obvious question is why? After all one would expect the first commandment addressed to the nation would be something dramatic. How to set the calendar? How one’s time is… Continue