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)

Aviv New Moon Watch 2020

19 March 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The Aviv new moon is expected to be visible on 25 March in most locations, including Israel. Share your new moon report.

Aviv Report

On March 15, 2020, our search team found a lot of barley in the flowering and cotton stages, and some in the worm stage. We would like to be able to inspect the fields again just prior to the New Moon observation next week and share with you what we find. If you have been enjoying our New Moon and Aviv Reports and have been meaning to make a contribution, now would be a great time to support our efforts, as our funds are running low and it is imperative that we keep going out and monitor the state of the barley, to ensure that we keep the holidays in their appointed times.

Aviv (1st) Month in Miqra

  • Exodus 12:2, 18; 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; 40:2, 17
  • Leviticus 23:5
  • Numbers 9:1, 5; 20:1; 28:16; 33:3
  • Deuteronomy 16:1
  • Joshua 4:19
  • 1 Chronicles 12:15; 27:2-3; 29:3, 17; 35:1
  • Ezra 6:19, 7:9, 8:31, 10:17
  • Ester 3:7, 12; 29:17; 30:20; 45:18, 21
  • Daniel 10:4

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov A. Meyer

12th New Moon Sighted 2020

25 February 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The 12th new moon was visible in the US and Australia. Additional reports will be added as they are available. Share your sighting.

Location Date Observer(s)
West-central, New Mexico, United States 24 February 2
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 25 February 2
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 25 February 2
More to be added…

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

Aviv sightings have been negative so far from Israel. Expecting Aviv will be ready next month, 25 April.

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

24 February 2020

West-central, New Mexico, United States

Bright and high (7+ degrees) 20-some minutes after local sunset. DM (2 observers)

25 February 2020

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very clear in the middle section of the sky (very cloudy above and below). MJ & RJ (2 observers)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very clear, about 9 – 12 degrees above the horizon at 8:30 PM. JM (2 observers)

11th New Moon Sighted 2020

26 January 2020

Shalom Aleichem,

The eleventh new moon was visible 25 January in the United States and 26 January starting in Australia. More sightings are expected over the next half day including Jerusalem Israel.

Share your new moon sighting.

Location Date Observer(s)
West Central, New Mexico, United States 25 January 2
Canberra, ACT, Australia 26 January 2
Israel (Multiple Locations) 26 January 9

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

YHWH bless,

Ya’aqov Meyer

25 January

West Central, New Mexico, United States

The new moon was sighted with difficulty in west-central New Mexico this evening, 25 January 2020 by 2 people at 6:02 PM MST, about 31 minutes after local sunset. It was thin and dim, up 4 to 6 degrees above the local horizon. I watched it down to the local horizon at 1 2/3 degrees elevation at 6:15 PM. DM (2 observers)

26 January

Israel

Devorah’s Date Tree

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Sunday, 26 January 2020!

  • From Jerusalem by Nehemia Gordon at 5:15 pm, followed by Devorah Gordon and Gil Ashendorf.
  • From Tiberias by Dennis and Maureen Chkolnik at 5:10 pm.
  • From Eilat by Lucas Michael Schneider and his son Lior at 5:30 pm.
  • From Beer Sheva by Yochanan Zaqantov and Gabby Zaqantov at 5:30 pm.

This means this evening marks the beginning of the new month. Be sure to keep track of 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 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

Jerusalem, Israel

Canberra, ACT, Australia

The eleventh new was easily visible at around 8:28 PM, my wife and I was able to watch the new moon almost all the way up to its setting before the park was closed. YM (2 observers)

10th New Moon Sighted 2019

27 December 2019

Shabbath Shalom,

There were a number of reports on 27 December at sunset. Here in Australia, it was cloudy and smoky, so no sighting.

Date Location Observer(s)
27-Dec Jerusalem, Israel 2 observers
27-Dec Santa Clarita, California, United States 2 observers
27-Dec Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 4 observers
27-Dec George, Western Cape, South Africa 4 observers

Share your new moon sighting.

May YHWH bless you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

27 December 2019

Jerusalem, Israel

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Friday, 27 December 2019!

  • From Tiberias at 5:17 pm by Dennis Chkolnik.
  • From Poria Illit at 5:07 pm by Becca Biderman.

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

The photo at the top of this report was taken from our observation point in Jerusalem this evening, as you can see, we had a lot of dense clouds, which obstructed our sighting.

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, despite the weather, 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 quickly and efficiently, which is very important.

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

Chodesh Tov! Make it a great month!

Devorah Gordon (2 observers)

Santa Clarita, California, United States

Clearly seen. TH (2 observers)

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

New crescent SW. See picture. EY (4 observers)

George, Western Cape, South Africa

Seen by four around 19:45. YFH (4 observers)

East Central Australia

No sighting. Too cloudy and smoky. YAM

10th New Moon Watch 2019

14 December 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The tenth new moon is expected to be visible on 27 December in most locations. Share your new moon report.

26 December 27 December

10th New Moon in Mikra

  • 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 Sighted 2019

29 November 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The ninth new moon was visible on 28 November in all locations. Thank you for sharing your new moon reports.

Location Date Observer(s)
Israel 28 November 2019 (By Default)
Sydney, NSW, Australia 28 November 2019 1
Singapore 28 November 2019 0

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

27 November

Israel

I am writing to update you with the following new moon reports which have just come in from this evening’s observation (27 November 2019):

  • Gadi Eidelheit saw the new moon through his camera and later with his naked eye at 5:06 pm.
  • Magdi Shmuel saw the new moon from Ashdod through his binoculars and explained to me that as a result, he was able to make out the new moon with his naked eye.
  • Roy Hoffman saw the new moon from Jerusalem through his binoculars at 4:47 pm but was unable to see the moon with his naked eye.

It should be noted that it was an extremely difficult observation this evening and that these three individuals are very experienced observers, which allowed them to point their visual aids exactly where they knew the new moon should be. Once they found the new moon in their visual aids, two of the three reported being able to make out the new moon with their naked eye.

For what it’s worth, I personally do not accept observations which are first made with visual aids, because once a person has spotted the new moon with a visual aid, I feel the mind can play tricks on a person and make them think they see something which they don’t clearly see, or may not have seen without the visual aid. In fact, I asked one of the observers this evening, whether he thinks he would have been able to spot the new moon were it not for his visual aid and he told me he didn’t think he would have been able to spot the new moon without the visual aid.

Whether you decide to begin the new month this evening or tomorrow evening, please be sure to keep track of 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 everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports quickly and efficiently.

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

28 November

Sydney, NSW, Australia

I tried to take a photo but the cloud cover was very thick. RJ (1 Observer)

Singapore

I looked for a few minutes after sunset but due to cloud cover and rain, the new moon was not visible. JM

8th New Moon Sighted 2019

29 October 2019

Shalom Aliechem,

The eighth new moon was visible 29 October in Australia and Israel. It is likely to be visible in most locations today and reports will be added as they are available.

Share your new moon sighting.

Location Date Sighted Oberver(s)
Canberra, ACT, Australia 29 October 3
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 29 October 4
Various, Israel 29 October 7

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

28 October

No known reports.

29 October

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Two observers sighted the new moon to the west about 7:24 PM AEST. YM (2 observers)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Clear. (4 Observers)

Jerusalem, Israel

Dear Friends,

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Tuesday, 29 October 2019!

* From Jerusalem by Devorah Gordon 5:02pm, followed by Gil Ashendorf at 5:06pm.
* From Tiberias at 4:57pm by Dennis Chkolnik, followed by Maureen Chkolnik at about 5:00pm.
* From Beer Sheva at 5:14pm by Yochanan Zaqantov
* From Eilat at 5:15 by Karen Reuveni and Margaret Jeana.

This means this evening marks the beginning of the new month. Be sure to keep track of 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 everyone who is supporting our efforts from afar, your support helps us be able to collect the observations and share these reports quickly and efficiently.

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

8th New Moon Watch 2019

28 October 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

The eighth new moon is expected to be visible 28 October in the parts of central America and 29 October for the rest of the globe.

Share your new moon sighting.

28 October 29 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 bless you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

7th New Moon (Ethanim/Tishrei) Sighted 2019

30 September 2019

Shalom Aleichem,

I pray you had a blessed Yom Teru’ah. The new moon was visible in Israel and the United States at sunset on 29 September.  Share your new moon sighting.

Location Date (Sunset) Observer(s)
Israel 29 September 10
West-central, New Mexico, United States 29 September 2
Point Judith, Rhode Island, United States 29 September 3
Central Eastern Australia 30 September 2
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 30 September 4

Based on the 29th of September, the seventh month calendar is as follows (starting the erev before):

  • Yom Teru’ah – 30 September
  • Yom Ha Kippurrim – 9 October
  • Sukkōth – 14 October – 20 October
  • Shemini Atzereth – 21 October

May YHWH be with you,

Ya’aqov Adam Meyer

29 September

Jerusael and Zebulun Valley, Israel

The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, Sunday, 29 September 2019!

  • From Jerusalem at 6:54pm by Devorah Gordon, followed by Rebeca Corlan, Ion Corlan, Cristian Pricop, Dawn Austin, Grant and Reidar.
  • From the Zevulun Valley at 7:01pm by Yoel Halevi and his son.

West-central, New Mexico, United States

The new moon crescent was sighted clear, bright, and high in West-central, New Mexico, USA by 2 observers 15 minutes after local sunset. DM (2 observers)

Point Judith, Rhode Island, United States

Lots of low clouds, but the crescent became visible for a brief period. JA (3 observers)

30 September

Central Eastern Australia

New moon wasn’t visible last night but easily visible the 30th September at sunset. YM (2 observers)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Very cloudy but we saw in the last 15 minutes before the moonset. RJ (4 observers)