First Month Report! New Moon Sighted in Israel. Happy New Year!

Shalom folks,

Happy New Year!

On Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 the New Moon was sighted by several witnesses in Israel!

This is the first New Moon sighted in Israel after Spring has begun, so this Month starts the first Month of the year! This begins the first biblical Hebrew Month also known as Aviv or Nissan.

Photo Credit to Gilbert Ashendorf

Photo Credit to: Yoel Halevi

Date Sighted:  Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

Time Sighted: 7:25pm Jerusalem, Israel time.

Sighted By: Yoel Halevi, Devorah Gordon and Gilbert Ashendorf.

Place Sighted: Jerusalem, Israel.

Month: This is the First Biblical Hebrew Month, also known as Aviv or Nissan!

Passover is just around the corner, and will begin on April 12th, 2017.

*SPECIAL SIDE NOTE: If you are interested, I have put together a day by day countdown to Passover Retelling the Story and finding it’s important lessons for our lives today. We are now just 14 days till Passover, but if you sign up, you will get all the previous day’s lessons as well!
You can access the Story Of Passover here:

May you all have a blessed and Happy New year/Rosh HaShannah, followed by an exuberant Passover/Pesach and Holy Day season! 🙂

Much Shalom in the Home,
Brother Mark Harris


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  1. I have the same question, as the person above. If the new moon was sighted on the 29th, then that would indicate the first day of the new month. This was on the backside evening of Wednesday, the 29th of March. Counting forward, from there, would indicate that the 14th starts on the evening, the backside, of Tuesday, on the Gregorian calendar.

    Is this, indeed, correct?

    If you respond to this, could you please make the response public?

  2. Please email also shalom mark. I also counted and April 11th. Please help me to learn so I may understand and follow yhvh and his disciples as instructed. Thank you

  3. I’m. Confused. 14 day from siting day one March 29 would be the 11th?

    1. The Moon was sighted on the 29th, making that evening through the next day (the 30th) the New Moon Day or the first day of the first month. This puts the 14th day on Wednesday the 12th.

    • S. Wolf on April 2, 2017 at 5:50 am
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    I am researching this as well. I would sincerely appreciate your input in this matter and your response to the issue posed by Brother Hans. Various groups have used their local new moon sightings to determine the start of the year. If you have any information that would help settle this matter one way or the other–that would really help me.

    • Hans on March 31, 2017 at 6:34 am
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    Shalom brother Mark,
    Thank you for this update. Will Passover then not begin at april 11th in the evening (tuesday)?
    On that evening 14 Aviv will start, and is the same evening our Messiah celebrated Erev-Pesach with his disciples. The next evening (wednesday) starts the first day of Unleavened Bread, and is a High Shabbat. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
    I do not want to be legalistic, not at all. Just want to follow our Messiah in His footsteps, because I love Him.
    Anyway, the most important thing is that we hear and obey His invitation, perhaps not on the correct date, and have community with our beloved Messiah.
    Many blessing and thank you also for your great Passover studies,

    1. Shalom Brother Hans!

      Thanks for your comments and Questions!
      I will email you.
      Brother Mark 🙂

        • Tamera on April 3, 2017 at 2:10 am
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        I have the same question. When would Passover dinner be?

      • Jordan Williams on April 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm
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      Yes I was wondering about this also with Yeshua having the last supper on the 14th instead of the 15th.

    2. Yes, you are right that the Savior kept it at evening as the 14th day was beginning. So yes, That is when the 14th day will start…at evening on Tuesday, the 11th of April. I probably should have restated to make that clear that the days always start the evening before. So, you are right about that!

      However, the first day of unleavened bread is not till Thursday April 13th (starting on Wed Night the 12th at Sunset). The 14th day of Aviv of itself is not the first high day of unleavened bread although we still eat unleavened bread on that day. The day after the 14th, which is the 15th day is the first high day. See Lev 23:6- The Passover was slaughtered at even on the 14th day portion. This time is also when the Savior died as our Passover Lamb! The day following day is the first high day!

      I do appreciate your wanting to follow the Messiah in HIS footsteps.
      I really need to do a whole video to explain this, so that it is made clear to everyone.
      My posts on the New Moon Site were meant to report the new moon, not necessarily to explain everything else, but I see it is needed!

      I hope this helps you all,
      Many blessings!

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