Expected New Moons and Appointed Times for 2013

     Listed below are the computations for 2013 for the expected dates of New Moon visibility from Jerusalem, as well as the moladim (i.e., average time of astronomical conjunction) of the Calculated Rabbinical Calendar (CRC). The difference between the dates for the two calendars is also noted.

     The possible projected dates for the Eternal's Appointed Times for 2013 are given in the table below the New Moon listings. This year has three different possibilities for the start of the first month:  THE EVENING OF MARCH 12TH OR 13TH (depending on lunar visibility), or THE EVENING OF APRIL 11TH (depending on the barley). If the barley in the land of Israel is not ready in time to commence the year with the New Moon of March, the year will start in April. We will update once confirmation is made in the upcoming abib search trip. UPDATE:  The barley in Israel will be ready to harvest by the wavesheaf date (March 31).  On Tuesday night, March 12th (at the close of the 29th day of the 12th month), the moon was NOT visible, hence the 1st day of the month of the Aviv begins Wednesday, March 13th at sunset.

PLEASE NOTE:  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. [If the VISIBLE CRESCENT column lists Thursday, March 30, for example, then the 1st day of that month by crescent is from sunset of March 30 through sunset of March 31. If the CRC's MOLAD column lists Wednesday, March 29, then by CRC's molad, it is from sunset of March 29 through sunset of March 30.]

2013/2014 New Moon and Molad Data

New Moon

Illumination and Lagtime

Visible Crescents

Confirmation

# of Days

Molad

CRC Molad

Difference

11th

1.10 % 58 min.

Saturday, January 12

not sighted

29

11th

Friday, January 11

1 day

12th

2.47 % 85 min.

Monday, February 11

sighted

30

12th

Sunday, February 10

1 day

1st

0.90 % 47 min.

Tuesday, March 12*

heavy haze

29 or 30

1st

Monday, March 11

2 days

2nd

1.65 % 69 min.

Thursday, April 11

30

2nd

Wednesday, April 10

1 day

3rd

2.60 % 81 min.

Saturday, May 11

30

3rd

Thursday, May 9

2 days

4th

3.84 % 79 min.

Monday, June 10

30

4th

Saturday, June 8

2 days

5th

1.99 % 34 min.

Tuesday, July 9*

29 OR 30

5th

Sunday, July 7

2 or 3 days

6th

3.25 % 38 min.

Thursday, August 8

29 OR 30

6th

Tuesday, August 6

2 days

7th

5.17 % 58 min.

Saturday, September 7

30

7th

Wednesday, September 4

3 days

8th

3.13 % 52 min.

Sunday, October 6

29

8th

Friday, October 4

2 days

9th

1.59 % 50 min.

Monday, November 4

29

9th

Sunday, November 3

1 day

10th

3.87 % 104 min.

Wednesday, December 4

30

10th

Tuesday, December 3

1 day

11th

2.23 % 85 min.

Thursday, January 2

29

11th

Wednesday, January 1

1 day

12th

1.00 % 113 min.

Friday, January 31*

29 OR 30

12th

Friday, January 31

same OR1 day

13th

2.51 % 25 min.

Sunday, March 2

29 OR 30

13rd

Sunday,March 2

same

*Tuesday, March 12 - The moon was not visible this evening, making it the 30th day of the 12th month.

*Tuesday, July 9 - The moon will probably not be visible until the next evening.

*Friday, January 31 - The moon may not be visible until the next evening.

2013 Appointed Times (March 13th/14th New Year)

Event

begins sunset of

ends sunset of

Passover

Tuesday, March 26

Wednesday, March 27

Feast of Unleavens (1st day)

Wednesday, March 27

Thursday, March 28

Elevation Sheaf Day (aka "wavesheaf")    

Saturday, March 30

Sunday, March 31

Feast of Unleavens (7th day)

Tuesday, April 2

Wednesday, April 3

Pentecost

Saturday, May 18

Sunday, May 19

Day of Shouting (aka "Trumpets")

Saturday, September 7 

Sunday, September 8  

Day of Atonement

Monday, September 16

Tuesday, September 17

Feast of Tabernacles (1st day)

Saturday, September 21

Sunday, September 22

8th Day Assembly

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

* 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).

Email: Brian Hoeck

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