The new moon for the 12th biblical month is due this week. MoonConnection.com (the site that provides my sidebar real- time moon info and which I have found to be accurate) shows the first sliver appearing on Friday evening Feb 4th. The graphic from Sky and Telescope magazine shows the first sliver appearing on Saturday evening Feb 5th. So what do we do? We watch, and wait, just as Jesus taught us to do (Mat 24:42). We go out on Friday evening, and look for the new moon, and we go out on Saturday evening, and look for the new moon. We plan for the new moon celebration to begin Friday evening, or Saturday evening, depending on what we find. They will also be looking for the new moon in Israel, and when it is sighted, I will receive an email, and I will post it here.
Update friday 04 feb 2011: I received this e-mail this afternoon:
New Moon Report
Twelfth Biblical Month
On Friday February 4, 2011 we didn’t see the moon from Jerusalem because of rain and clouds. However it was 30 days since the last sighting and hence new moon day by default (a lunar month can’t be more than 30 days long).
Rosh Chodesh Sameach!
Happy New Moon Day!
We are still going to look for the new moon tonight, and will celebrate our feast day tonight and tomorrow.