Paul Wilson (3 Oct 2011)
"New Moon Sighted - Seventh Biblical Month - September 30 2011"

Karaite Korner Newsletter #352

New Moon Report
Seventh Biblical Month
September 2011

On Thursday September 29, 2011 the new moon was sighted from Israel. The new moon was first sighted:
*from Jerusalem by Oriana Torres at 6:25pm followed by David Cachicas, Daniella Cachicas, Sarita Herrera, and Marta Alvarez;
*from elsewhere in Jerusalem by Willie Ondricek at 6:26pm followed by Devorah Gordon;
*from Mevasseret Tziyon by Dina Marcus at 6:30PM followed by Avi Marcus;
*from Givat Hamatos by Bruce Brill at 6:34pm;
*from Haifa by Devorah Boer at 6:35pm followed by Zeev Boer, Arena Boer, and Tim Boer;
*from Gush Etzyon by Yoel Halevi at 7:27pm.

A photo of the new moon from Jerusalem taken by Devorah Gordon is posted at:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150244235858629.341778.371892568628&l=b6d1318717&type=1

It is common for the moon to be visible a day earlier in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in the Autumn. As expected, the moon was also sighted in South Africa on Wednesday night. It was also visible Wednesday night from the United States, which is thousands of miles to the west of Israel. However, it was impossible to see it from Israel until Thursday night. This makes Yom Teruah (Day of Shouting/ Trumpeting) begin the evening of Thursday Sep 29 and last until Friday at sunset based on the sighting of the new moon in the Land of Israel.

Yom Teruah Sameach!
Happy Day of Shouting!

Nehemia Gordon
Reporting from Albuquerque, New Mexico