(3 Aug 2011)
Your question to Paul regarding when the
New Moon was sighted on Aug 2nd. Does it
change the calendar? Absolutely not.
The only month that starts right on the
first sighting of the New Moon is Rosh haShanah
and all the rest of the calendar is figured out
from the New Moon of the Secular New Year.
This year, Tishrie starts on Sept. 29th on the
Jewish Calendar with Rosh HaShanah being the
Head of the Year but it
must be sighted by two witnesses to officially
begin the New Year. Wherever it was first
sighted in Israel, they must send a
message of the sighting down the line
immeditely. In days of old, a fire was lit
atop a hill top and the next one lit their fire,
Often times, it may be cloudy for
several days right at the beginning of a month
and what they are saying, as reported by Karaite
Korner that the new moon was sighted
on Aug. 2 is simply that, "The New Moon wasn't
seen 'officially' until Aug. 2nd."
Keep everything in it's present