New Moon Sighted In Israel – Happy Yom Teruah!!!

Shalom Everyone!

The New Moon was sighted this evening, Sunday, September 29th, 2019 by many observers who were looking this evening!

Reports received from various observers in Israel:

“New Moon sighted (naked eye) from Caesarea, Israel at 6:58 by Kenny Russell. Hayley Russell confirmed sighting (naked eye) at 7:06”
“Moon sighted at 7:01 from the Zevulun Valley. It is distinctly visible to the naked eye. I was joined by my son who was able to see it with the naked eye as well.” –
Yoel Halevi (Hebrew In Israel)
“Moon sighted (naked eye) at 6:51 (then lost to sight, then seen again) from Poriya Illit by Becca Biderman.”
“From Jerusalem at 6:54pm by Devorah Gordon, followed by Rebeca Corlan, Ion Corlan, Cristian Pricop, Dawn Austin, Grant and Reidar.”

From Becca Biderman
Zoomed view from Becca Biderman
From Devorah Gordon, Jerusalem Israel.

Sighted By: Hayley Russell, Yoel Halevi and his son, Becca Biderman, Devorah Gordon, Rebeca Corlan, Ion Corlan, Cristian Pricop, Dawn Austin, Grant and Reidar and many other observers in Israel.

Date Sighted: Sunday, September 29th, 2019.

Time Sighted: 6:58 PM Jerusalem, Israel time.

Biblical Hebrew Month: This will be the Seventh Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Tishri or Ethanim.

The Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah begins at sunset Sunday, September 29th 2019.

Atonment/Yom Kippurim: Wednesday, October 9th
Tabernacles/Sukkot: Monday, October 14th – Sunday, October 20th
Last Great Day of the Feast: Monday, October 21st.

Have a very blessed and happy Feast season!
Chag Sameach!!
~ Brother Mark Harris

Sixth Month New Moon Report!

The New Moon was sighted in Israel today! On Saturday, August 31st, 2019, the new moon was sighted by many brothers and sisters who are in the Land!

Photo Credit to: Brian Hoeck.

Sighted By: Mike Clayton, Devorah Gordon, followed by Gil Ashendorf,
Roy Hoffman, Judith Rood and many other observers in Israel.

Date Sighted: Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Time Sighted: 7:16 PM Jerusalem, Israel time.

Biblical Hebrew Month: This will be the Sixth Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Elul.

Have a great Preparation Month y’all!
~ Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Sighted In Israel – 5th Month!

Howdy Y’all!
The New Moon was sighted in Israel on Friday, August 2nd, 2019! This new moon begins the 5th Month also known as Av.

New Moon day begins as the sun sets to you, on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 and will end at sunset on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019!

Photo from Devorah Gordon.

Sighted On: Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Biblical Hebrew Month: This is the Fifth Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Av.

Time Sighted: 7:39 pm, Jerusalem Time.

Sighted By: Devorah Gordon, Lukas Michael Schneider, Bruce Brill,
Yoel Halevi…

Place Sighted: Jerusalem, Israel.

Have a blessed month y’all!!! 

~ Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Fourth Month!

Howdy Y’all!
The New Moon was sighted in Israel on Thursday, July 4th, 2019! This new moon begins the 4th Month also known as Tammuz.

New Moon day begins as the sun sets to you, on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 and will end at sunset on Friday, July 5th, 2019!

Sighted On: Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Biblical Hebrew Month: This is the Forth Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Tammuz.

Time Sighted: 7:46 pm Jerusalem Time

Sighted By: Devorah Gordon, Gil Ashendorf. Dennis and Maureen Chkolnik. Yoel Halevi and his son. Bruce Brill.

Place Sighted: Jerusalem, Israel.

Have a blessed month y’all!!! 

~ Brother Mark Harris

Pentecost / The Feast of Weeks / Shavuot

In reply to a question form Janet:

Thanks for your question about why Pentecost / The Feast of Weeks / Shavuot is occurring on June 16th in this year of 2019.
First, Leviticus 23:9-11 tells us the day of the wave sheaf offering was to be on the day after the Sabbath during the days of unleavened bread.  The Sabbath being the 7th day of the week, and “the day after the Sabbath” being  the 1st day of the week (which starts at sundown on Saturday night).   That is the time that you start counting, to the day after the 7 weeks (or 50 days).
Remember, “the day after the Sabbath” (the 1st day) must be during or within the days of unleavened bread.  Sometimes the Sabbath used to determine the wave sheaf day is also within the days of unleavened bread, but sometimes it’s not!  This difference has caused confusion for many.    This is especially important when the Sabbath is close to Passover.  For instance, the year that the Israelites entered the promised land, Joshua 5:10-12 tells us that year, the Passover was on a Sabbath, and the next day they ate the produce of the land.   In order to do that, they would have had to perform the wave sheaf offering on or before that day as required by Leviticus 23:14.  And since that year, that day happened to be the first day of Unleavened bread, they were required to do the wave sheaf offering on that day in order to eat that produce or parched grain, etc.
So, when we have a Passover on the Sabbath, then the next day is the wave sheaf offering as we’ve just seen. However, if the Passover is on a Sunday (or later), like it was this year, then you have to wait until the “following” Sabbath.   The reason for this is that first day of the week here was the Passover, and it is NOT during the days of Unleavened Bread as defined by Leviticus 23:5-6.
If you count the 7 weeks from the evening after the Sabbath (Saturday Night) on April 27th, you will end up at the end of the Sabbath, on June 15th, and the day after is the 50th day, which is June 16th. 
Of course, different people with different calendars, especially people who are on the calculated calendar or who follow conjunction will be a day or two earlier.  This means that this year, since Passover was on or before the Sabbath of April 20th for them, the first day of the week during the days of unleavened bread was on April 21st for them.  This therefore also means that their Pentecost calculation ends up a week earlier as well on June 9th.
So, that is why June 16th is Pentecost / Shavuot in this year of 2019.  Hope this helps.  

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New Moon Report – Third Month

Due to cloud cover, the new moon was unable to be seen today. At this time, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel on June, 4th 2019, even though expected visibility was likely.

Here is a photo from Devorah Gordon…

Since today is the 29th day, that makes tomorrow the 30th day, therefore, New Moon day will begin tomorrow evening, June 5th, 2019.

Have a great month and a blessed Shavuot/Pentecost!
See the FEAST DATE PAGE for updated feast dates according to the new moon sliver being sighted in Israel.

Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Second Month

Due to cloud cover and haze, the new moon was not able to be seen again this month. We have not gotten any reports that it was able to be sighted. If that changes we will do a follow-up post.

Since tomorrow is the 30th day of the first month, by default, New moon will begin tomorrow evening, Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 and end Wednesday night, May 8th.

Many thanks to all the faithful people who go out to look for the new moon each month! We appreciate and depend on your reports!

Hope y’all have a blessed Month!

Blessings, Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – First Month – Aviv/Nissan

Hello Y’all!
Happy New Year!!!! 🙂


We have not received any direct reports that the New Moon was able to be sighted in Israel on Saturday, April 6th. We did get one report that someone anonymous was able to see it somewhere in Israel, but in order to declare the official New Moon we need two witnesses. Therefore, since we do not have any solid sightings from Israel, the New moon will not begin today.

Since we cannot have a month with more than 30 days, then the New Moon will begin by default at sunset on Sunday, April 7th 2019.

Passover (the 14th day of the first month) will then fall on Sunday, April 21st at evening. The first day of Unleavened Bread will be Monday, April 22nd and the Last day of Unleavened bread Sunday, April 28th.

I have updated the dates of the Feast Days and you can see them here: http://whenisthenewmoon.com/expected-feast-dates/

I will be updating more of this website soon, so thank you for your patience!

Have a great First Month, New Year, and a very blessed and happy Spring Feast season!

Shalom,
Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – 12th Month!!!

I have not gotten any solidified reports from Israel that the new moon was sighted both yesterday and today. However, today was the 30th day which make this evening through tomorrow Saturday, March 9th the New Moon of the 12th Month!

New moon begins Friday evening, March 8th 2019 and ends Saturday evening, March 9th 2019.

This is the 12th Bibilcal Hebrew month also known as Adar.

We will be posting more updates as the next month approaches and we get ready for the Passover and Spring Feast days!

Have a blessed Month!
~ Brother Mark Harris

New Moon Report – Eleventh Month

Hello Folks!
Here is the report from our Moon Observers in Israel!

“As of this writing, we are not aware of any positive new moon sightings from Israel this evening. This is probably in part due to the heavy cloud coverage and possibly less people looked because it was the end of the 30th day of the previous month, making sunset this evening, Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the beginning of the new month by default, as a lunar month cannot be more than 30 days.”

New moon day will begin Wednesday evening, February 6th, 2019 and will end on Thursday evening, February 7th, 2019.
This will be the 11th biblical Hebrew Month also known as Shevat.

Have a good Month!

Blessings,
Brother Mark Harris