A weekly feature of Torah Tidbits to help clarify practical and conceptual aspects of the Jewish Calendar, thereby better fulfilling the mitzva of HaChodesh HaZeh Lachem...
The first-night visibility of the
moon each month varies from easy to difficult to very unlikely to
see. Tishrei's new moon was in the very difficult range, yet 7
people from three different locations reported that they saw the
moon on Wed. evening (Leil RH) - so Dr. Roy Hoffman of the Israel
New Moon Society wrote in his email.
Many (most) people follow the practice of waiting for Motza'ei Yom Kippur to say KL, in the exalted atmosphere of right after Yom Kippur, and to begin the "new slate" with this special mitzva. Unlike other fast days, on can say KL without first having eaten.