Shalom Brothers and Sisters!
I just got reports in from Israel!!!
The New Moon was sighted on Saturday, May 7th 2016 in Israel!
New Moon day will begin starting Saturday, May 7th at sunset and will end on Sunday, May 8th at Sunset!
Photo Credit to: Devorah Gordon
Date Sighted: Saturday, May 7th 2016
Time Sighted: 7: 47 PM Jerusalem, Israel time.
Sighted By: Devorah Gorden, Rebecca Biderman and other sighters…
Month: This is the Second Biblical Hebrew Month also know as Iyyar
Have a blessed and Happy New Moon day as you remember the Goodness of YHWH!
Chodesh Sameach! Happy New Moon! 🙂
Brother Mark Harris
Allison, I am glad that you are observant. A usual measurement for a month is 29 or 30 days but the bible says new moon and never gave a direct measurement except when Noah was on the ark and it measured the 15th day of the 2nd month to the 15th day of the seventh month to be 150 days which is exactly 5 months with 30 days in each of those months.
Now the whole world at one time saw a measurement of a year as 360 days and it wasnt until the 8th century BCE that the sun moved back about 10 degrees which made our days 20 minutes longer and over time made our year a little over 5 days longer.
This is why we have uneven months even in lunar observations. But the bible says to look out for the new moon to determine the month Numbers 10:10. It is not based on a set period of time but an estimation of anywhere between 28 (few of those) and 30 days.
I hope that helps.
I am just starting to chart the moon and observe New Moon Day and keep my own calendar for determining the feasts. so I wanted to take advantage of starting with the New Year. So I understood that each month must have 29 days or 30 at most. Beginning with the 13th month which had 30 days ending on April 9 2016. So New Month New Year began on April 10 2016 which made the 14th day(Passover) on the 23rd of April. Then I see you show New Moon day for the 2nd month as May 8 2016, which would only leave 28 days in the first month…. how can that be? am I missing something in the calculations? Please help, I hate to get off track right from the get go,
I’m most grateful for the updates on the crescent moon! I have a question though. I’m interested in keeping the Sabbatical year. I’ve stored up a bountiful amount of food and nourishment to observe the Sabbatical year. When does the Sabbatical year begin in this year?
Shalom, Based on my calculations, I have come to the understanding that the Shemittah/Sabbatical was last year. My family and I and most of the people we fellowship with kept the Sabbatical last year. As for when it starts in the year? That tarts right after the Harvest or Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles time. There is no preparation of the fields, and no planting. Only that which grows of it’s own accord, that you may pick and eat for that year only. Much like on the Sabbath. It is not wrong to grab food for yourself if you are hungry, but you would not harvest or prepare for the next day. So, its the same case for the Sabbatical Year. There should be No Harvesting and no preparing for the year. It’s a land rest! 🙂 It says so that your land may rest, as well as you! The Instructions for the Sabbatical can be found in Leviticus 25. I hope this answers your question! Shalom
Shalom, Brother Mark Harris and Family,
May Abba YHWH bless you with His love and presence throughout this month.