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.

Share your new moon sighting.

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.

Share your new moon sighting.

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)

Aviv New Moon Watch 2019

17 March 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The Aviv new moon is expected to be visible 6 April in most locations. Aviv barley is also expected as the current states were head emergence to flowering. This will easily reach the parchable stage by mid-April.

Share your new moon sighting.

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

13th New Moon Sighted 2019

15 March 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The last reports were delayed as I was travelling. That said I was unable to see the new moon due to heavy cloud cover and rain in San Francisco.

LocationDateObservers
Israel8 MarchDay 30
Costa Rica, United States, and Canada7 March2 observers
Israel7 MarchNone, day 29

Aviv

Depending on who you ask there were a couple of different thoughts on Aviv. My take on it is that the barley was in Aviv only in small samples, but the head emergence to flowering stages was the most common. Israel has been experiencing rain which has delayed the maturity of the crops. Will head emergence to flowering stages be parchable in two weeks, it seems unlikely. For these reasons, I believe that YHWH is guiding me to April for Aviv.

https://mailchi.mp/7a206dd3882a/2019-aviv-report-6-march-2019

https://mailchi.mp/c5c5384eaff5/this-is-not-barley

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

7 March

Caledonia, Ontario, Canada

No moon sighted. Clear sky except for where the new moon should be. Plane trails in a checkerboard covering that view of the sky. Based upon reports from Israel and https://www.abibofgod.com/abib-reports-2019 our family will be observing the Spring Holy Days this month. Happy New Year and a blessed time to Yahweh’s children during the spring appointed times. Yahweh bless, in Yah’shua’s name. DS

8 March

This would have been the automatic date for most locations as the new moon was not visible in most locations on the 7th of March. Exceptions for Costa Rica, Canada, and United States where sightings were reported on the 7th of March.

12th New Moon Sighted 2019

8 February 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The new moon was sighted in multiple locations on 5 February. It was too cloudy in Australia to oberserve.

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer

Coarsegold, California, United States

Small sliver close to horizon. TH (2 Observers 5 February)

12th New Moon Watch 2019

4 February 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The twelfth new moon is expected to be visible 5 February in the Americas and 6 February for most other locations depending on the weather. Share your new moon sighting.

5 February – Estimated Visibility
6 February – Estimated Visibility

Adar II or Aviv

The question following this new moon will be whether the Aviv new moon will be early March or April. Stay tuned as we get closer.

12th New Moon in Mikra

  • 2 Kings 25:27
  • 1 Chronicles 27:15
  • Esther 3:7, 13; 8:12, 9:1
  • Jeremiah 52:31
  • Ezekiel 32:1

YHWH bless,

J. Adam Meyer