(Expected) New Moons and Appointed Times for 2002

     Listed below are the computations for 2002 for the expected dates of New Moon visibility from Jerusalem, as well as the moladim of the Calculated Rabbinical Calendar (CRC). The difference between the dates for the two calendars is also noted.

     The projected dates for the Eternal's Appointed Times for 2002 are given in the tables below the New Moon listings. There were two possible dates for the head of the year: March 15th and April 14th. The head of the year is determined by the finding of the abib-stage barley in the Land of Israel (the first New Moon thereafter being the head of the year). The 2002 abib report* has been received from Israel. Barley was found to be in the stage of abib on March 14th on the slopes of the Western Hill of ancient Jerusalem--near the Temple Mount, and various other locations, thus the year commences March 15th. We will have no dates in common with the CRC-observant CoGs for the Holy Days this year.

     The "Visible Crescents" column dates are the dates on which the New Moon is expected to be seen--beginning at sunset of the listed day. All dates listed are to be reckoned from sunset of listed day and date through the next day at sunset in the following New Moon table.


Illumination and Lagtime

Visible Crescents

CRC Molad


11th New Moon

4.16 %  104 min.

Tuesday, January 15

Sunday, January 13

2 days

12th New Moon

1.76 %  61 min.

Wednesday, February 13

Tuesday, February 12

1 day

1st New Moon

2.38 %  74 min.

Friday, March 15

Wednesday, March 13

2 days

2nd New Moon

3.31 %  93 min.

Sunday, April 14

Friday, April 12

2 days

3rd New Moon

1.56 %  63 min.

Monday, May 13

Saturday, May 11

2 days

4th New Moon

3.35 % 96 min.

Wednesday, June 12

Monday, June 10

2 days

5th New Moon

2.17 %  71 min.

Thursday, July 11

Tuesday, July 9

2 days

6th New Moon

1.29 %  52 min.

Friday, August 9

Thursday, August 8

1 day

7th New Moon

3.72 %  73 min.

Sunday, September 8

Friday, September 6

2 days

8th New Moon

2.18 %  55 min.

Monday, October 7

Sunday, October 6

1 day

9th New Moon

4.49 %  82 min.

Wednesday, November 6

Tuesday, November 5

1 day

10th New Moon

2.29 %  62 min.

Thursday, December 5

Thursday, December 5

same day

2002 Appointed Times (March 15 New Year)


begins sunset of

ends sunset of


Thursday, March 28th

Friday, March 29th

Feast of Unleavens (1st day)

Friday, March 29th

Saturday, March 30th

Elevation Sheaf Day (aka "wavesheaf")

Saturday, March 30th

Sunday, March 31st

Feast of Unleavens (7th day)

Thursday, April 4th

Friday, April 5th


Saturday, May 18th

Sunday, May 19th

Day of Shouting (aka "Trumpets")

Sunday, Sept. 8th

Monday, Sept. 9th

Day of Atonement

Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Feast of Tabernacles (1st day)

Sunday, Sept. 22nd

Monday, Sept. 23rd

8th Day Assembly

Sunday, Sept. 29th

Monday, Sept. 30th

* abib -   If you would like to receive an email report of the search for abib-stage barley, you can sign up at Karaite Korner Abib/New Moon Reports  

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* molad - The CRC, contrary to what some may think, is not based on first visibilty of the moon after conjunction--it is based on the "molad." The Hebrew word means "birth," but the term in rabbinical calculated calendar usage refers to the average conjunction of the earth, moon, and sun (average length being 29.53059 days). The molad may occur on the actual astronomical new moon, but the two terms are not interchangable.  The molad may also occur upon the first day of crescent visibility, or yet within a few days on either side of it (as evidenced in the chart above).

Author: Brian Hoeck

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