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...
This Shabbat, we bench Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat, which will be on the following Shabbat. Rosh Chodesh Shvat is one day (in our fixed calendar) since Tevet has only 29 days.
ROSH CHODESH SH'VAT YIH-YEH B'YOM SHABBAT KODESH HABA ALEINU V'AL KOL YISRA'EL L'TOVA:
HAMOLAD YIH-YEH LEIL SHISHI, SHLOSHIM V’SHALOSH DAKOT V’ASARA CHALAKIM ACHAREI ESER [THU 22h 33m 10p]
In Rambam notation: VAV (Friday) 4h 604 chalakim (Rambam does not use minutes, rather chalakim of which there are 1080 in an hour)
The actual (astronomical) molad is FRI 19 JAN 06:01 (almost 8 hours after the announced molad)