The sighting of the new moon in the 7th month from Israel is the start of Yom Teruah, the Day of Shouting (a.k.a. the feast of trumpets). The Hebrew Calendar, which I maintain, is updated each spring as soon as we have the evidence of the aviv moon.
[Note: The 7th month new moon is expected to be seen in Israel on Tuesday., Sept. 11th at evening. This is not official until the new moon is actually seen. It might be seen the day before, but that is very unlikely.]
Today, September 10th, the new moon of the 7th month was “kind of sighted”. The man, Yoel Halevi, who oversees the Facebook page called “Hebrew In Israel” is a man that I have great confidence in (especially as it relates to new moon sightings. Here are two if his reports from today.
7:56pm in Israel
This evening, the 10th of September 2018, after sunset I attempted to sight the moon. This was a difficult sighting and I was able determine the position of the moon with binoculars at around 7:26pm local time. However, seeing the moon with the naked eye was a big challenge, and I’m 100% sure I was able to see it. However, I cannot base any final conclusion based on what I saw. My oldest son was able to detect the moon with the binoculars, but not with the naked eye.
The binoculars sighting is 100% correct, but the naked eye can be challenged.
I am convinced that under crystal clear sky the moon would have been much easier to see. Unfortunately this was not the case in my area.
Due to the conditions, taking a photo was extremely difficult, and would have probably not given us anything.
The only thing left to do from my position is to wait and hear from others.
From northern Israel,
Here is the other at 9:22pm – Israel
First I have to ask everyone to not try and send me messages. I usually shut down during Shabbat and feasts.
Second, due to the fact that no one has come forward with a testimony of an accurate sighting the situation remains in my opinion indeterminate. Though I am convinced that I saw the moon with the naked eye, I would prefer at least one more person who can say they saw it. As I’ve disclosed in the past I’m not sure we actually need two witnesses for the moon, but in this case I cannot give any decisive decision due to the degree of difficulty in the sighting.
Third, I am hoping that maybe someone might give a testimony in the next couple of days. There are sighters which don’t use their phones or computers during a feast and Shabbat. Hence I am not doing any work from tonight and will be observing the feast on the side of caution.
For me having only one person seeing the new moon (and no others) and then saying “an accurate sighting the situation remains in my opinion indeterminate” leaves me with just the opposite conclusion to what a man, who I respect greatly, has decided. I will be keeping the new moon beginning Tuesday night at sunset.
This is the world that we currently live in, much grey area; we currently see through a glass darkly. Right now each man must decide for himself what he thinks is right before Yehovah. And that is a bit of an uncomfortable place to be. However I take great comfort that when Yehovah brings back Zion (His spiritually born men) watchmen we will see eye to eye.
Come Yehovah come!
Each month True Israel, Yehovah’s Ezrach men, are commanded to sound their shofars, and the priests their silver trumpets.
“Blow the trumpet [shofar] at the time of the new moon, at the full moon on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the Elohim of Jacob.” (Psa 81:3-4)”
Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you [Aaron’s seed, the priests] shall blow the trumpets [two silver trumpets] over your burnt offerings [olah] and over the slaughters of your peace offerings [shelemim]; and they shall be a memorial for you before your Elohim: I am Yehovah your Elohim.” (Num 10:10)
Yom Teruah is a day of shouting and alarm to remind men that Yom Kippurim is near. “There are only 10 days left” for the wicked to repent of their wickedness and join themselves to True Israel. Each month throughout the year the reminder, the warning cry, has been blown; “the seventh month is coming and soon it will be too late to repent. Now is the time, seize the moment and repent!”
But getting a correct understanding of Yom Teruah, the Day of Shouting, is essential to our survival in these coming last days. This day is about the raising of the alarm. Nowhere in the scriptures does Yehovah talk about 100 shofar blasts. Yeshua will not come back on this day, or any day for that matter (sorry folks, we have been taught lies). It is not the beginning of the New Year; for heaven’s sake, it is the first day of the seventh month. It is a one day feast, not a two-day feast. So much to learn, so little time. We have many false images in our minds about this day. Please join me as we explore the meaning of this day and its significance on the other 7th month moeds, appointed times, in this 42 minute video. Oh, and please be sure to find the links, below the video, which will deepen your understandings concerning all the 7th month feast days.
Yom Teruah – Day of Shouting