10th New Moon Watch 2020

20 November 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

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

The tenth new moon is expected to be visible in Israel on 15 December. Here in Australia, we are not likely to see the new moon until 16 December.

Share your new moon sighting.

15 December 16 December

10th New Moon in Miqra

  • Genesis 8:5
  • 2 Kings 25:1
  • 1 Chronicles 27:13
  • Ezra 10:16
  • Esther 2:16
  • Jeremiah 39:1 and 52:4
  • Ezekiel 24:1, 29:1, and 33:21

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

9th New Moon Reports 2020

17 November 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The ninth new moon was visible in multiple locations on 16 November. Here in Canberra, it was not visible due to rain and cloud cover.

Date Location Observer(s)
16 Nov Melbourne, Victoria Australia 4
16 Nov Jerusalem, Israel 2
16 Nov West-central, New Mexico, United States 2
16 Nov Reedley, California, United States 2
16 Nov Central Pennsylvania, United States 1
16 Nov Canberra, ACT Australia 0 (rain and cloud)

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hazy. RJ (4 observers)

Jerusalem, Israel

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Monday, 16 November 2020!

  • From Ashdod by Magdi Shmuel at 16:42pm.
  • From the Arava by Goldie Jurkowicz at 5:15pm.

This means that sunset on 16 November 2020 marks the beginning of the new month. Be sure to keep track what number month this is, based on when you started the new year!

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 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.

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

West-central, New Mexico, United States

Easy to spot, bright and high. Seen first at 5:16 MST, only 14 minutes after local sunset. DM (2 observers)

Reedley, California, United States

Monday. Nov. 16, 2020, 6 pm, Reedley, Central California, member of Orosi, CA Hebrew Roots Bible Study/Safe Haven Sustainable Farm. Bright against the dark sky, slightly south of due west, great visibility. Praise YHVH, Thank you for an amazing Succot, Looking forward to Hannukah and Purim. Passover is just around the corner!!! SJ (2 observers)

Central Pennsylvania, United States

New moon crescent spotted last night (11/16/20 @ 1715 hrs) under a clear sky in central Pennsylvania. RC (number of observers was not listed)

9th New Moon Watch 2020

24 October 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

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

I pray that you had a blessed Shabbath. The 9th new moon is expected to be visible 16 November in most locations including Israel if weather permits. The estimate for 15 November is included here but the new moon is unlikely to be visible in Central and South America.

Share your new moon sighting.

15 November 16 November

9th New Moon in Miqra

  • 1 Chronicles 27:12
  • Ezra 10:9
  • Jeremiah 36:9, 22
  • Haggai 2:10, 18
  • Zechariah 7:1

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

8th New Moon Reported 2020

18 October 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The eighth new moon has been reported visible in multiple locations in the United States on 17 October. Here in Australia, the new moon was visible 18 October. More sightings will be added as they are available.

Share your new moon report.

Date City, State Country Observer(s)
17 October New Mexico United States 2
17 October Baton Rouge, Louisiana United States 1
17 October Gainesboro Tennessee United States 11
17 October Israel None
17 October Canberra ACT Australia None
18 October Canberra ACT Australia 3
18 October Upper Ferntree Gully VIC Australia 3
Additional sightings…

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

17 October

West-central New Mexico, United States

The new moon crescent was clear and bright enough to be seen only 14 minutes after local sunset. DM (2 observers)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

The Eighth New Moon was sighted at 6:54 pm CST by one person. The New Moon can be seen in the center of the photo just above a stretching branch. The moon is facing left and is between the 12:00 and 6:00 position. DJ (1 observer)

Gainesboro Tennessee, United States

No description. RV (11 Observers)

Jerusalem Israel

At the time of this writing, I am not aware of anyone sighting the new moon with their naked eye from Israel this evening, 17 October 2020. We will 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 tomorrow, 18 October 2020 by default, as it will be the end of 30 days.

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 promptly. 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.

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

Canberra ACT, Australia

No sighting as it was raining at the time of the sunset on the 17th of October.  It was unlikely to be visible here in Canberra without magnification even if the weather had permitted. YM

18 October

Upper Ferntree Gully VIC, Australia

Very cloudy. RJ (3 observers)

Canberra ACT, Australia

Eighth new moon sighted just after sunset. JM (3 observers)

8th New Moon Watch 2020

5 October 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

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

I pray you are having a blessed Sukkot. The next new moon is expected to be visible in Israel on 17 October as well as many other locations depending on the weather. Here in Australia, the new moon won’t be visible until 18 October at sunset.

Share your new moon sighting.

17 October 18 October

8th New Moon in Miqra

  • 1 Kings 6:38 – Mentioned as the month of Bul
  • 1 Kings 12:32-33
  • 1 Chronicles 27:11
  • Zechariah 1:1

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

7th New Moon Report 2020

18 September 2020

Shabbath Shalom, Shanah Tovah,

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

The seventh new moon, Ethanim, sightings will be added to this page as they are available. The new moon should be visible in most locations if weather permits.

Share your new moon report.

Location Date Observer(s)
Tiberias Israel 18 September 2
Zevulun Valley Israel 18 September 1
Canberra ACT Australia 18 September None, heavy clouds and rain.
Melbourne VIC Australia 18 September None, heavy clouds
Melbourne VIC Australia 19 September 5

Moedim for Ethanim

Learning 3: A Karaite Perspective on the High Holidays

  • Yom Teruah: Friday 18 Night September – Saturday 19 Day September
  • Yom Kippur: Sunday 27 Night September – Monday 28 Day September
  • Sukkot: Friday 2 Night – Friday 9 Day October
  • Yom Atsaraeh: Friday 9 Night – Saturday 10 Day October

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

18 September 2020

Canberra ACT Australia

No visibility due to heavy clouds and rain. YAM

Jerusalem Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Friday, 18 September 2020!

  • From Tiberias by Denis and Maureen Chkolnik at 7:06 pm.
  • From presumably the Zevulun Valley by Yoel Halevi and his son at 7:13 pm.

This means sunset on 18 September 2020 marks the beginning of the new month. Be sure to keep track what number month this is, based on when you started the new year!

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 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.

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

19 September

Melbourne Victoria Australia

Clear, very thin. RJ (5 observers)

7th New Moon (Ethanim/Tishrei) Watch 2020

24 August 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

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

The seventh new moon (Ethanim/Tishrei) is expected to be visible in Israel if conditions allow on 18 September at sunset. Most locations will be able to observe the new moon on 18 September if weather permits.

Devorah’s Date Tree at https://www.facebook.com/datetree/ will provide new moon sightings from Israel. As this will be at the beginning of Shabbath and I won’t share my observation until after Shabbath.

Share your new moon sighting.

17 September
Thursday
18 September
Friday
19 September
Saturday

Seventh Moon in the Miqra

  • 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 2020

20 August 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The new moon was sighted in Israel today. Reports will be added as they are available.

Share your new moon report.

Location Date Observer(s)
United States 19 August Many
Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia 20 August 4
East Central Australia 20 August None
Israel 20 August 8

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

19 August 2020

Positive sightings in the US. Truth of Yahweh

20 August 2020

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Observed by 4. RJ

Jerusalem, Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Thursday, 20 August 2020!

  • From Ma’ale Adummim by Roy Hoffman, who first spotted the moon with binoculars and then sighted it with his naked eye at 7:07pm.
  • From Jerusalem by Devorah Gordon at 7:14pm, followed by Gil Ashendorf.
  • From Beer Sheva by Yochanan Zaqantov and Gabby Zaqantov at 7:37pm.
  • From Tiberias by Denis Chkolnik at 7:21pm, followed by Maureen Chkolnik.
  • From Tel Aviv by Daniela Katsikas at 7:57pm.

This means sunset on 20 August 2020 marks the beginning of the new month. Be sure to keep track what number month this is, based on when you started the new year!

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 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.

The photo at the top of this report was taken by 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

East Central Australia

No sighting due to weather. YM

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