6th New Moon Watch 2020

7 August 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

“בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה לְעוֹלָם:    אָמֵן וְאָמֵן.” Tehillim 89:53

The sixth new moon is expected to be visible in parts of North and South America on 19 August and globally on 20 August.

Share your new moon sighting.

19 August

20 August

The following shows the complete days at sunset from the previous new moon sighting:

19 August

20 August

Israel 29 30
United States 29 30
Australia 28 29

The likely visible date by location is bold above based on the estimated visibility. This doesn’t replace the visible sighting but it highlights the expected visible date.

Sixth New Moon in Miqra

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

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

5th New Moon Sighted 2020

22 July 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The new moon was visible in Israel on the 21st of July as well as a number of locations in the US.

Here in Australia, we didn’t see the new moon until a day later on the 22nd of July.

Location Date Observers
Israel 21 July 4
Central East Australia 22 July 1

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

22 July

Central East Australia

The new moon was visible by my wife at sunset. JM (1 observer)

21 July

Jerusalem, Israel

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you with an update regarding last night’s New Moon observation, which was on 21 July 2020 and was the end of the 29th day of the previous month.

We have just received a report from the Israeli New Moon Society that the following people spotted the moon using magnifying/light amplifying equipment and then saw the moon with their naked eye with great difficulty.

* Gadi Eidelheit – From Ofra at 8:12pm (binoculars 8:03pm)
* Rebecca Biderman – From Poriya Ilit at 8:22pm (binoculars 8:19pm)
* Simcha Borer – From Modiin Ilit at 8:20pm (binoculars 8:20pm)
* Binyamin Nissim – From Ofra at 20:20pm (binoculars 8:10pm)

On behalf of all of us who rely on these observations, we wish to thank everyone in Israel who looked for the new moon and sent in their observations in a timely manner. We are also extremely grateful to those of you who have stepped up and are supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports around the world.

We know many of you upon seeing this report will be wondering whether is it acceptable to use magnifying/light amplifying equipment (such as telescopes, binoculars, and cameras) to first spot the moon.

So I will just say this, some think it is ok to first spot the moon using magnifying/light amplifying equipment, as long as the sighting is later confirmed with the naked eye, while others contend that such equipment could create a confirmation bias, and therefore brings into question the later naked eye observation.

What do you think? Do you think it’s acceptable for an observer to first spot the moon using magnifying/light amplifying equipment and then look with their naked eye at the exact spot they now know the moon is and find the sliver with their naked eye? Do you think they would have been able to confidently say they saw the new moon, were it not for the certainty the magnifying/light amplifying equipment provided and does it even matter if their certainty comes from this equipment? We would love to hear your opinion to these questions, on our Facebook Page, Devorah’s Date Tree!

If reliable first-hand New Moon and Aviv Reports from Israel are of value to you, please consider supporting our efforts. We could really use your support in restoring the Biblical Calendar.

Whether you decide to begin the new month last night, 21 July 2020, which was the end of the 29th day of the previous month, or to wait until this evening 22 July 2020, we want to wish each and every one of you, and the world at large, a Chodesh Tov.

Please make it a great month for the sake of all of us!

Devorah Gordon

5th New Moon Watch 2020

2 July 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

“בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה לְעוֹלָם:    אָמֵן וְאָמֵן.” Tehillim 89:53

The fifth new moon will likely be visible in Israel on 21 July. Share your new moon report.

21 July 22 July

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

May YHWH be with you,

J. Adam Meyer

4th New Moon Sighted 2020

22 June 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The fourth new moon wasn’t visible in East Central Australia due to weather but was visible in Jerusalem on 22 June.

Date Location Observer(s)
22 June East Central Australia Not observed
22 June Jerusalem Israel 2
22 June Kfar Eldad, El David, Nokdim Israel 1
22 June Beer Sheva Israel 2

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

Jerusalem Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Monday, 22 June 2020!

  • From Jerusalem by Devorah Gordon at 8:12pm, followed by Gil Ashendorf.
  • From Kfar Eldad, El David, Nokdim by Bruce Brill at 8:05.
  • From Beer Sheva by Yochanan Zaqantov at 8:15pm and Fabio Yosef at 8:30pm.

This means sunset on 22 June 2020 marks the beginning of the new month.

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. We are also extremely grateful to everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports around the world.

The photo at the top of this report was taken from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening.

If reliable first-hand New Moon and Aviv Reports from Israel are of value to you, please consider supporting our efforts. We could really use your support in restoring the Biblical Calendar.

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel

4th New Moon Watch 2020

8 June 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

“בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה לְעוֹלָם:    אָמֵן וְאָמֵן.” Tehillim 89:53

The fourth new moon of the year should be visible on 21 June in the southwestern United States with perfect conditions. The new moon should be visible in Israel as well as most other locations globally on 22 June.

Share your new moon report.

21 June 22 June

4th Moon in Mikra

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

May YHWH be with you,

J. Adam Meyer

 

3rd New Moon Sighted 2020

24 May 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The third new moon was visible tonight 24 May in Australia as well as most parts of the globe. Sightings will be added as they are available. In the US, several people saw the new moon on 23 May sunset.

Share your new moon report.

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

24 May 2020

ACT, Australia

No sighting, my wife and I lost track of time and missed seeing the new moon. It was likely visible if the clouds would have allowed. JM

23 May 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Multiple families based on reports from http://truthofyahweh.org/moon.htm. (R&SL)

Jerusalem, Israel

At the time of this writing, I am not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening, 23 May 2020. I will, of course, send an update should any positive observations come in later.

If no positive reports come in from this evening’s observation, the new month will begin at sunset on 24 May 2020 by default, as it will be the end of 30 days.

The photo at the top of this report was taken from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening. 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, as well as everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar.

If reliable first-hand New Moon and Aviv Reports from Israel are of value to you, please consider supporting our efforts. We could really use your support in restoring the Biblical Calendar.

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon

3rd New Moon Watch 2020

16 May 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

“בָּרוּךְ יְהוָה לְעוֹלָם:    אָמֵן וְאָמֵן.” Tehillim 89:53

The third new moon of the year should be visible across North America and parts of South America on 23 May with Israel and the rest of the world seeing the new moon on 24 May. Hag Shavuot will be shortly after this new moon.

Share your new moon report.

23 May 24 May

3rd Moon in Mikra

    • Exodus 19:1
    • 1 Chronicles 27:5
    • 2 Chronicles 15:10, 31:7
    • Esther 8:9
    • Ezekiel 31:1

May YHWH be with you,

J. Adam Meyer

2nd New Moon Sighted 2020

25 April 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

On the 24 April at sunset, the new moon was visible in the United States and 25 April globally. The new moon likely would have been visible in Israel on 24 April but due to haze much like here in Australia, the second new moon was not visible yesterday.

Date Location Observer(s)
24 April Santa Clarity 2
24 April Snowflake 2
25 April Australia 2
25 April Israel by default

Miqra reading for new moon: Bəmiḏbar (Numbers) 28:1-15. Sanctifying the Month

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

24 April

Santa Clarity, California, United States

Clearly visible. T (2 observers)

Jerusalem, Israel

At the time of this writing, I am not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening, 24 February 2020. This was expected to be an easy sighting and the new moon was most likely not visible due to the heavy dust-related haze we had here all day.

As it was impossible to see the new moon yesterday and this evening is the end of the 30th day, this means the Second Month begins this evening at sunset on 24 February 2020 by default.

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. We are also extremely grateful to everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports.

If reliable first-hand New Moon and Aviv Reports from Israel are of value to you, please consider supporting our efforts. We could really use your support in restoring the Biblical Calendar.

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon

Central East Australia

No sighting due to haze. JM

Snowflake, Arizona, United States

The New Moon was first sighted on Friday, April 24, at 7:14 PM (Pacific Time). The attached photo shows the moon at 7:25, with Venus above the moon, and the moon is framed by the 2 flagpoles. The moon was fully set by 8:34. KR (2 observers)

2nd New Moon Watch 2020

19 April 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The second new moon is expected to be possibly visible 23 April in the western United States. More likely though, the new moon will likely be visible 24 April around the globe.

Share your new moon sighting.

23 April 24 April

2nd Moon in Mikra

  • Genesis 7:11, 8:14
  • Exodus 16:1
  • Numbers 1:1, 18, 9:1, 11, 10:11
  • 1 Kings 6:1, 37 (mentioned as Ziv)
  • 1 Chronicles 27:4
  • 2 Chronicles 3:2, 30:2, 13, 15
  • Ezra 3:8

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

Aviv New Moon Sighted 2020

26 March 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

I pray that this finds you and your family doing well. The Corona Virus has stirred a lot of challenges and continues to take its toll. In the spirit of Pesach, I pray it skips like a lamb over your home.

Blow the shofar. The new moon was visible in Jerusalem, Israel on 25 March at sunset making the 26 March the first day of Aviv. The count to Pesach starts. May YHWH provide you a blessed Pesach.

Here in Australia on 25 March at sunset, the sky was too cloudy to see the new moon but should have easily been visible in the north and west.

Date (new moon first visible) Location Observer(s)
March 25 Beer Sheva and Jerusalem, Israel 4
March 25 Batin Rogue, Louisiana, United States 1
March 25 West-central, New Mexico, United States 2
March 25 Cleveland, Tennessee, United States 5
March 25 Snowflake, Arizona, United States 2
March 26 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 4

Miqra Readings for New Moon: Bəmiḏbar (Numbers) 28:1-15

Aviv sightings were positive, please refer to the previous post: Aviv New Moon Watch 2020 and Aviv Report.

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

25 March 2020

Jerusalem, Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Wednesday, 25 March 2020!

  • From Jerusalem by Karen Andrews at 6:32 pm, followed by David McKnew, Gil Ashendorf, and Devorah Gordon.
  • From Beer Sheva by Yochanan Zaqantov at 6:28 pm

This means sunset on March 25, 2020, marks the beginning of the new month. Fortunately, with the grace of Yehovah, your contributions, and the dedication of our team, we were able to go out and reinspect the fields again. I am still working on preparing the Aviv Report and hope to have it ready for you tomorrow. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The photo at the top of this report was taken from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening. 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. We are also extremely grateful to everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports around the world.

If reliable first-hand New Moon and Aviv Reports from Israel are of value to you, please support our efforts. We could really use your support in restoring the Biblical Calendar.

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon

Batin Rogue, Louisiana, United States

The New Moon was sighted at 7:38 pm. The crescent was very thin, on the lower right side of the moon between 4 o’clock and 7 o’clock if looking at a clock. DJ (1 observer)

West-central, New Mexico, United States

The new moon was sighted easily in west-central New Mexico
this evening, 25 March 2020 by 2 people at 7:57 PM MDT, about
a half-hour after local sunset. It was bright and high (10 deg up),
and sighted between cloud banks to the west. DM (2 observers)

Cleveland, Tennessee, United States

At 08:10 pm EST, 5 of us sighted the Rosh Chodesh on the hilltop parking lot in Cleveland, TN. Mostly clear skies. Ready to start counting for our moedim. Chag Sameach! MJ (5 observers)

Snowflake, Arizona, United States

The 2 attached photos show Venus and the New Moon below, at approximately 7:20 PM. KR (2 observers)

26 March 2020

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Seen by 4. Very clear skies. RJ (4 observers)