Gerry Almond (4 Nov 2011)
"New Moon versus New
There is a difference in the new moon and the first sliver of the
new moon. In Noah's day, there was no requirement to set the
first of the month by the sighting of the first sliver of the new
moon. That only came in Moses time with the establishment of
the Sacred Feasts. Noah's world was perfect, no rain, no
storms, no aberrations in weather at all. Why? Because
the earth was in a perfect 360 degree orbit around the sun and the
tilt of the poles was nearly as great as now. While there
appears to have been seasons, they were not as severe as our
summer's heat and winter's cold. Noah's moons told him when
the months began. On the new moon WAS WHEN THE MOON WAS
TOTALLY DARK, NO SIGHTING POSSIBLE. This condition lasted
for at least 2 days each month and on about the 3rd day, the first
small sliver of the waxing moon appeared.
Later, in the time of Moses, the lunar calendar began with the
FIRST SLIVER OF THE NEW MOON, which is, as already said, at least
2 days later then the new moon.
Why is this important? Because I believe that it establishes
the new moon to have been 10/26/11 as the anniversary of Noah's
new moon and thus Chesvan 17 to be 11/11/11, not 11/14/11.