Tuv Ta’am

In addition to the 10 Articles of Faith, the Karaites hold strictly to the calendar as dictated by the Torah- that is to say, the entire calendar hinges upon the discovery of Aviv in the Land of Israel and the sighting of the next new moon thereafter. It is the month which is established by this new moon that is the first month of the year.

The Tuv Ta’am

ט֤וּב טַ֣עַם וָדַ֣עַת לַמְּדֵ֑נִי כִּ֖י בְמִצְוֹתֶ֣יךָ הֶאֱמָֽנְתִּי׃

Teach me good judgment and knowledge; for I have believed in your commandments. (Ps 119,66)

הַאֲמִ֜ינוּ בַּיהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם֙ וְתֵ֣אָמֵ֔נוּ הַאֲמִ֥ינוּ בִנְבִיאָ֖יו וְהַצְלִֽיחוּ׃

Believe in YHWH your God and you will be sustained; believe in His prophets and prosper! (2Chr 20,20)

וַיַּֽאֲמִ֙ינוּ֙ בַּֽיהוָ֔ה וּבְמֹשֶׁ֖ה עַבְדֹּֽו׃

And they believed in YHWH and in Moses His servant. (Ex 14,31)

יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵנוּ ׀ בֹּרְאֵנוּ גֹאֲלֵנוּ יֹצְרֵנוּ קְדֹושֵׁנוּ יָחִיד בְּעֹולָמוּ – אֱמֶת

YHWH is our God, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Maker, our Sacred One, he is unique in His Universe: Truth!

וּמֹשֶׁה עַבְדֹּו נְבִיאֹו שְׁלוּחֹו רְצוּיֹו בְּחִירֹו אֲהוּבֹו׀ צִיר נֶאֶמָן בְּאֹותֹות וּבְמֹופְתִים – אֱמֶת

And Moses is His servant, His prophet, His messenger, with whom He is well pleased, His chosen one, His beloved; an emissary supported with signs and wonders: Truth!

וְתֹורָתֹו הַתְּמִימָה הַנֶּאֱמַָנָה׀ הַטָּהֹורָה הַיְּשָׁרָה הַבְּרוּרָה הַמְּאִירַת עֵינַיִם הַמְּשַׂמַּחַת לֵב הַמְּשִׁיבַת נָפֶשׁ׀ הַמַּחְכִּמַת פֶּתִי׀ אֲשֶׁר הִיא נֱחֶמָדָה מִזָּהָב וּמִפָּז רָב׀ וּמְתוּקָה מִדְּבַשׁ וְנֹפֶת צוּפִים וּמֹועִילָה לְשֹׁמֵרֶיהָ וּמְקַיֶּמֶיהָ שָׂכָר הַרְבֵּה  – אֱמֶת

And His perfect, sound, pure, right, clear, enlightening to the eyes, gladdening to the heart, repentance causing, teaching wisdom to the simple Torah- which is more pleasant than gold and much fine gold and sweeter than honey and nectar, and beneficial to those who keep it and those who establish it are much reward: Truth!

וּמִקְדָּשֹׁו בֵּית הַתְּפִלָּה בֵּית הָעַבֹדָה בֵּית הַזְּבִיחָה ׀ בֵּית הַחֲגִיגָה ׀ מִקְדַּשׁ מֶלֶך יְהֹוָה צְבָאֹות בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם עִיר הַקֹּודֶשׁ – אֱמֶת

And His Sanctuary, the House of Prayer, the House of Worship, the House of Sacrifice, the House of Pilgrimage, the Sanctuary of King YHWH of Hosts in Jerusalem the Sacred City: Truth!

וְהַיָּרֵחַ בִּהִתְחַדְּשֹׁו בְּהִגָּלֹותֹו בְּהֵרָאֹותֹו לָעַיִן אַחֲרֵי הִסְתַּתְּרֹו ׀ בָּעֶרֶב עֵת עֵדוּתֹו עֶד בַּשַׁחַק נֶאֱמָן סֶלָה ׀ סִימָן וְאֹות קַיָּם לְרָאשֵׁי חֳדָשִׁים בְּמַאֲמַר אֵל – אֱמֶת

And the moon in its renewal, in its uncovering, in its appearance to the eye after its being hidden- in the evening at the time of its witness, a faithful witness in heaven, Sela, a valid sign and an indication for the beginning of months according to the word of God: Truth!

וְהָאָבִיב הַנִּמְצָא בְּאֶרֶץ יִשׂרָאֵל׀ בִּזְמַנֹּו כְּדַרְכֹּו כְּמִנְחַגֹו׀ סִימָן וְאֹות קַיָּם לְרָאשֵׁי הַשָּׁנִים לָרְגָלִים לַחַגִּים וְלַמֹּועֲדִים׀ כְּמַאֲמַר אֱלֹהֵי הַצְּבָאֹות

And the Abib- that which is found in the Land of Israel- in its time, in its manner, in its custom; an established sign and indication for the beginning of years, for pilgrimages, feasts, and appointed times- according to the word of the God of Hosts: Truth!

וּנְבִיאָיו וּשְׁלוּחָיו וְצִירָיו וְחֹזָיו וּמַלְאָכָיו׀ הַנִּבְּאִים וְנִשְׁלָחִים בֶּאֱמֶת וּבִצְדָקָה– אֱמֶת

And His prophets and His envoys and His emissaries and His seers and His messengers- which prophesy and which are sent in truth and righteousness: Truth!

[translated by Ya’aqov ben Yisrael]