7th New Moon (Ethanim/Tishrei) Watch 2019

22 September 2019

Shalom Alechiem,

The seventh new moon (Ethanim/Tishrei) is expected to be visible in Israel if conditions allow on 29 September. Most locations west of Israel will likely see the new moon on 29 September. Note that https://www.facebook.com/datetree/ will provide new moon sightings from Israel.

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29 September 30 September

Seventh Moon in the Mikra

  • Genesis 8:4
  • Lev. 16:29; 23:24, 27, 34, 39, 41; 25:9
  • Numbers 29:1, 7, 12
  • 1 Kings 8:2 (mentions Ethanim)
  • 2 Kings 25:25
  • 1 Chron. 27:10
  • 2 Chron. 5:3; 7:10; 31:7
  • Ezra 3:1, 6
  • Nehemiah 8:2, 14
  • Jeremiah 28:17; 41:1
  • Ezekiel 45:25
  • Haggai 2:1

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

6th New Moon Sighted 2019

31 August 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The sixth new moon was seen in many locations around the globe, Australia to the United States. My wife and I were in Daly City for conversion and saw the new moon with a couple dozen observers. Praise YHWH for allowing us to convert to Judiaism with such a beutiful people.

Date Location Obeserver(s)
31 August

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

five
31 August

Israel

fourteen
31 August Westminster, Maryland, United States two
31 August

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

one
31 August Lawton, Oklahoma, United States four
31 August Daly City, California, United States approximentally twenty four

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Meyer

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very thick the clouds but still we could see the very thin crescent. RJ (5 observers)

Israel – Devorah’s Date Tree

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Saturday, 31 August 2019!
 
* From Jerusalem at 7:16pm by Devorah Gordon, followed by Gil Ashendorf.
* From Ma’ale Adumim at 7:12 by Roy Hoffman, followed by his daughter Rina.
* From Beer Sheva at 7:22 by Yochanan Zaqantov and Meir Rekhavi.
* From Tiberias at 7:23pm by Dennis Chkolnik and Maureen Chkolnik.
* From Eilat at 7:25pm by Lucas Schneide together with his children Alon, Lior and Sumadhi, and Anabelle Santos.
* From Arad at 7:26pm by Judith Rood.

Westminster, Maryland, United States

The very thin sliver of the moon was easily visible through a break in the clouds at 7:50 est. This was a treat for us since the weather this year has been against us on the new moon nights. JG (2 obeservers)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

New Moon sighted at 7:39pm in Baton Rouge, La. by one person. Sky clear. DF (1 observer)

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

Crisp crescent moon sighted initially at 8:14pm central time in Lawton, OK. Shofars sounded! WI (4 observers)

6th New Moon Watch 2019

29 August 2019

שָׁלוֹם עֲלֵיכֶם, Shalom Aleichem,

The sixth new moon is expected to be visible after Shabbat at sunset. It should be easibly visible in most locations if weather permits.

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30 August 31 August

Sixth New Moon in Mikra

  • 1st Chronicles 27:9
  • Ezekiel 8:1
  • Haggai 1:1, 1:15

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Meyer

5th New Moon Sighted 2019

2 August 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

Sighting in California on 1 August, and Australia and Israel on 2 August.

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Location Date Observer(s)
Santa Clarita, California, United States of America 1 August 2 observers
Eastern Australia 2 August 2 observers
Israel 2 August 5 observers

Fasts of the 5th month include 9th and 12th of August fast, Babylonians destroy the Temple.

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

1 August 2019

Santa Clarita, California, United States of America

Faint, near horizon TH (2 observers)

2 August 2019

Eastern Australia

Visible by two. JAM (2 observers)

Israel

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Friday, 2 August 2019!

* From Jerusalem at 7:39pm by Devorah Gordon.
* From Eilat at 7:45pm by Lukas Michael Schneider and his son Lior.
* From Tekoa at 7:47pm by Bruce Brill.
* From the Zevulon Valley at 7:37pm by Yoel Halevi.

On behalf of all of us who rely on these observations, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening and sent in their observations in a timely manner.

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon

5th New Moon Watch 2019

14 July 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The fifth new moon is expected to be visible in parts of the United States on 1 August. On 2 August, the fifth new moon is expected to be visible in all locations where the weather allows.

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August 1 August 2

Fifth New Moon in Mikra

  • Numbers 33:38
  • 2 Kings 25:8
  • 1 Chronicles 27:8
  • Ezra 7:8-9
  • Jeremiah 1:3, 28:1, 52:12
  • Ezekiel 20:1
  • Zechariah 7:3, 5

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

4th New Moon Sighting 2019

5 July 2019

Blow the shofar! The new moon was visible on 4 July in Australia, Israel and the United States.

Date Location Observers
4 July Melbourne, Victoria Australia one
4 July Jerusalem, Israel seven
4 July Lawton, Oklahoma, United States six

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

4 July 2019

Jerusalem, Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Thursday, 4 July 2019!

  • From Jerusalem at 7:46pm by Devorah Gordon, followed by Gil Ashendorf.
  • From Tiberias at 7:49pm by Dennis and Maureen Chkolnik.
  • From the Zevulun Valley at 8:11pm by Yoel Halevi and his son.
  • From Kfar Eldad (El David) at 8:20pm by Bruce Brill.

On behalf of all of us who rely on these observations, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening and sent in their observations in a timely manner! The photo at the top of this report was taken by myself from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening. Be sure to keep track of what number month this is, based on when you started the new year.

It has come to my attention that some of you are curious as to why we looked for the new moon last night being that it was only the end of the 28th day of the month, so let me try and explain.

The reason we looked for the new moon last night, even though it was only the end of the 28th day of the month, is that although astronomically a lunar month is either 29 or 30 days, the new moon can be visible 28 days later, if the newmoon of the previous month should have been visible at the end of the 29thday, but wasn’t due to poor atmospheric conditions.

When the new moon should have been visible at the end of the 29th day of the month, but wasn’t due to poor atmospheric conditions, and therefore we have to wait for the following evening to begin the new month, we can end up seeing the next new moon 28 days later, because although only 28 days have passed since we started the new month, it is actually 29 days since the last new moon.

So for example, last month on June 4, 2019 in the evening we went to look for the new moon as usual. As you may recall, we did not end up seeing the newmoon that evening, even though the moon had an illumination of 2.11% and a lag of 69min, and therefore had no choice but to begin the new month the following evening on June 5, 2019. As a result, it so happened that there was a slight possibility that the new moon may have been visible last night, so we went out to look, but we did not see it.

It should be noted that here is nothing wrong with having a 28th day month. In fact, had we seen the new moon last night, we would have begun the newmonth last night, because it is irrelevant that only 28 days had passed since the last time we saw the new moon. Having a 28-day month, just means the beginning of the previous month would have begun a day earlier, were it not for poor atmospheric conditions.

Just to be clear, we did not end up having a 28-day month this month, but I thought it was a good teaching opportunity, as it has happened before, there was a possibility of it happening this month (although it didn’t), and there is of course a possibility of it happening again in the future, so it’s important to understand how a 28-day month happens, and that it’s not a big deal when it does happen. I hope this explanation has been helpful.

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Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very clear conditions. RJ (1 observer)

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

Moon sighted high in the sky at 8:58 pm Central Time from Lawton, OK. Shofar sounded! We looked on 7/3/2019 but without success (heavy clouds). WI (6 observers)

4th New Moon Watch 2019

21 June 2019

Shalom Alechiem,

The fourth new moon is expected to be visible 3 July in the United States and 4 July in Israel.

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3 July4 July

4th New Moon in Mikra

  • 2 Kings 25:3
  • 1 Chronicles 27:7
  • Jeremiah 39:2, 52:6
  • Ezekiel 1:1

YHWH Bless,

J. Adam Meyer

3rd New Moon Sighted 2019

6 June 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

Here in Eastern Australia and Israel, there was no sighting on the new moon on 4 June. 5 June there were no reports but the new moon was likely visible.

LocationDateObserver(s)
Jerusalem, Israel4 Juneno sighting
Jerusalem, Israel5 Juneseven
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States5 Junethree

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

5 June

Jerusalem, Israel

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Wednesday, 5 June 2019!
 
* From Jerusalem by Devorah Gordon at 7:45 pm, Karen Andrews, and Tina Jenkins.
* From Eilat by Lukas Michael Schneider, together with his sons Alon and Lior.
 
On behalf of all of us who rely on these observations, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening and sent in their observations in a timely manner.
 
Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!
 
Devorah Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

Very clear, beautiful new moon sighted at 8:58 pm central time (US) below a layer of clouds. WI (3 observers)

4 June

Jerusalem, Israel

At the time of this writing, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening (4 June 2019), even though the moon had an illumination of 2.11% and a lag of 69min. The photo at the top of this report was taken by myself from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening.

I will, of course, send out an update should any positive confirmations come in later. However, if no positive reports come in from tonight’s observation:
 
For those who began last month on May 6, 2019 in the evening, tonight is the end of the 29th day of the month and therefore tomorrow evening would be the beginning of the new month by default.
 
For those who began last month on May 7, 2019 in the evening, tonight is the end of the 28th day of the month, and therefore you would want to check and see whether the new moon will be sighted tomorrow evening.
 
For the sake of those who began last month on May 7, 2019 in the evening, we will go out and look again tomorrow evening for the moon.
 
On behalf of all of us who rely on these reports, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening!
 
Regardless of which day you will be starting the month, make sure to make it a great one!
 
Devorah Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel

2nd New Moon Sighted 2019

7 May 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The second new moon was visible in Australia and the United States on 6 May. Here in eastern Australia, there was no sighting due to weather. Israel didn’t report the new moon being visible on 6 May so 7 May was the new moon as the 30th day since the last new moon.

LocationDateObserver(s)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 6 Maytwo
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America 6 Mayfour
Jerusalem, Israel7 Maynot defined

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

6 May

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cloudy but still seen. RJ (2 observers)

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

Crescent moon sighted on 5/6/2019 at 8:35 pm between clouds in the western sky. Within approximately 10 minutes, the clouds had blocked the moon. WI (4 observers)

7 May

Jerusalem, Israel

At the time of this writing, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening, even though the moon should have been easily visible (Ill 3.44% Lag 94 min) were it not for the heavy cloud and dust coverage on the horizon throughout the country.
 
I will, of course, send out an update should any positive confirmations come in later. However, if no positive reports come in from tonight’s observation:
 
For those who began this last month on April 6, 2019 in the evening, based on the one witness we had, then this evening May 6, 2019 is the end of the 30thday of the previous month and therefore the beginning of the new month by default.
 
For those who decided to disregard the one witness we had and began last month on April 7, 2019 in the evening, then this evening May 6, 2019 is the end of the 29th day of the previous month and so you would presumably begin the new month tomorrow May 7, 2019 in the evening. Interestingly, but not necessarily a problem, in doing so you will in all likelihood have a 28-day month, as the next new moon is expected to be visible on June 4, 2019 (Ill 2.11% Lag 69 min).
 
On behalf of all of us who rely on these reports, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon this evening and sent in their observations in a timely manner.
 
Regardless of which day you will be starting the month, make it a great one!

Chodesh Tov!
 
Devorah Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel

Aviv New Moon and Barley 2019

6 April 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The new moon was reported by one faithful observer in Israel. Appeared that there was significant cloud cover in some areas of Israel. Additionally, barley in the Aviv and riper stages have been observed in Israel.

Here in Australia the new moon wasn’t sighted even though it was marginally probable with perfect conditions. The sky was clear but their was a heavy haze in the bottom 10% of the sky along the horizon.

LocationDateObserver(s)
Israel6 Aprilone
Shelly beach, KZN, South Africa6 Aprilfour
Westminster, Maryland, United States6 Apriltwo
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States6 Aprilsix
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, United States6 Aprileight to twelve
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia7 Aprilfive
Canberra, ACT, Australia7 Apriltwo
Snowflake, Arizona, United States7 Aprilone

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

6 April

Shelly Beach, KZN, South Africa

Sliver sighted 18h35 very clear just above the horizon, clouds above the sliver. FC (4 observers)

Westminster, Maryland, United States

Westminster, Maryland, United States

There was considerable cloudiness in the West after sundown, but at about 8:00 EDT the clouds moved to where the moon was visible and at about 8:15 it was unobscured and beautiful. There is a bit of earthshine on the darkened part of the moon visible in the picture. JMG (2 observers)

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

The extremely thin crescent was sighted at 7:58 pm between the clouds. As the clouds moved away, the crescent became strikingly clear and beautiful. Shofars sounded in Lawton, OK! JI (6 observers)

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, United States

About 10 or 12 at Yahweh’s free Brethren, Bethel Pa about 8pm after Shabbath, 6th april. Very easy to see. WS (10 – 12 observers)

Eastern Australia

Sunset – Looked very clear.
Sunset + 30 – New Moon not visible

No sighting in eastern Australia. JAM

7 April

Canberra, ACT, Australia

New moon easily sighted about 5 minutes before sunset. JAM (2 observers)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cloudy, but easily visible. RJ (5 observers)

Snowflake, Arizona, United States

I first checked the western horizon around 7:40 PM (AZ Standard Time. Note: daylight savings time is not utilized in AZ; therefore, AZ time is essentially the same as Pacific Time during this time of year). I thought I was too late to look for the moon; the sky was very dark and a low cloud bank was on the western horizon. Fortunately, I examined the western skies again at almost 8:00 PM, and there was a very narrow opening between the western skyline and the base of the cloud bank. Behold, the new moon was visible for 5 to 10 minutes, as a very narrow crescent. The moon was easy to discern with the naked eye, and the crescent was fully set at 8:03 PM. KR (1 observer)