New Moon sighted in Israel – Sixth New Moon Report (Elul)

Shalom y’all!

The New Moon was sighted today in Israel!!!


Photo credit: Yoel Halevi

Sighted on: Sunday August 16, 2015

Sighted by:  Devorah Gordon, Yoel Halevi followed by his kids, Willie Ondricek, Gil Ashendorf,  and Becca Biderman

Time Sighted: 7:31 pm;

Month: Sixth Biblical Hebrew Month also known as Elul

Look toward the skies this evening and try to spot the moon if you can! Blow the shofar and celebrate HIS goodness! 🙂

My this Sixth month be a blessed and happy time of preparation for the Fall feast days that are so quickly approaching!

Chag Roch Chodesh!

Brother Mark Harris


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    • Sonya Appel on June 2, 2016 at 1:46 am
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    I have been checking back to see if there was a response for a comment that I left several days ago. It has been saying that it is awaiting moderation. Now it says nothing. Can I assume that it was deleted because it was deemed inappropriate? Or, because it was thought to be insincere? I can assure you that my questions were sincere as I desired information for study purposes. Could you please explain why my comment was deleted in moderation? My email is submitted below in the comment form. Thank you.

    1. Oops, I’m sorry. No your comment was not deleted, I have just been extremely busy, and have not had the chance to check all my comments! Sorry about that. Sometimes, I don’t get in here unless I am posting a new moon report! Maybe comments just disappear after some time on the submitter’s end….Anyways, I answered your previous question! Hopefully, I was clear enough! 🙂 Shalom and Abundant Blessings!

    • Sonya Appel on May 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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    I know this is a post from last year but it has the issue of my question in it so I am posting it here. I am gathering information on the sighting of the crescent, times of such as well as the precise astronomical events for those days for a chart. I have a question about the timing/procedure of the sighting. Is it to be done BEFORE sundown, or can it be done AFTER, or BOTH. Also, I am confused as to when the first day is set because of the varying of the info that is presented in the posts of sightings, which is relayed in my question asked. I have seen in previous posts – sightings that were made BEFORE sundown and then that the sundown that was shortly after was considered the start of the 1st day.

    And then, the sighting in this post says that the sighting took place at 7:31p which sundown was at 7:22p (the start of another Hebrew day), the sighting took place AFTER sundown (and not before as in other sightings). In the post (unless corrected) it says that this day was the first day of the month – the day that had just started at 7:22p. In this case the day the moon was sighted was THE day that it was sighted in as opposed to the NEXT evening (or upcoming evening). I am just seeking clarification on when it is procedurally correct so the information that I am collecting will reflect the correct info. Thank you in advance for your help, as well as the info on the sightings.

    1. Shalom Sonya,
      Simply put, You can sight the new moon right around sunset, sometimes before, sometimes after. It depends on when you can see it. But that evening, even if it is sighted after sundown that day that you are going into or even have already entered is the New Moon day. I hope this answers your question! If you need to ask a clarifying question go right ahead! 🙂

    • Gail on September 13, 2015 at 8:18 pm
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    Shalom! I am from the southern United States. Do you all really say “Shalom ya’ll in Israel?” In the South, we always say “ya’ll”!! Blessings!

    • James on September 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm
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    So when does this place Yom Teruah? Sundown Sept 14th or 15th?

    1. I am still awaiting the report from Israel…It will either start at sundown, the 14th or the 15th…

    • Kellee on August 17, 2015 at 4:14 am
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    Thankyou for your faithfulness in posting the sitings of the New Moons you are greatly appreciated!

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