No partakers, full parking lot and about a 1/3 more in attendance than usual which meant overspill into the library. Great talk and emblems passed without a hitch.
Overall, a truly memorable and accurate Nisan 14, reckoned the same way as the 1st century Jewish calendar, 14 days after the *visible* new moon over Jerusalem.
The full moon was clear and beautiful.
Edit: According to the Judaism 101 link which mama..paj provided, follow the "Nissan" link:
"The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon. In ancient times, the new months used to be determined by observation. When people observed the new moon, they would notify the Sanhedrin. When the Sanhedrin heard testimony from two independent, reliable eyewitnesses that the new moon occurred on a certain date, they would declare the rosh chodesh (first of the month) and send out messengers to tell people when the month began."
This is how we calculate Nisan 14, from the *visible* new moon over Jerusalem.
The same webpage adds:
"In the fourth century, Hillel II established a fixed calendar based on mathematical and astronomical calculations."
We use the calculation taken from the first century, not a later 4th century calendar.
Exodus 12:6 "And it must continue under safeguard by you until the fourteenth day of this month, and the whole congregation of the assembly of Israel must slaughter it between the two evenings."
Jewish tradition presents the time period mentioned here as the time from noon (when the sun begins to decline) on until sundown, it appears that the correct meaning is that the first evening corresponds with the setting of the sun, and the second evening with the time when the sun's reflected light or afterglow end and darkness falls.
See Deuteronomy 16:6 and Psalm 104:19,20
This understanding was also that offered by the Spanish rabbi Aben-Ezra (1092-1167), as well as by the Samaritans and the Karaite Jews. It is the view presented by such scholars as Michaelis, Rosenmueller, Gesenius, Maurer, Kalisch, Knobel, and Keil.
It should be noted that Christians are not governed by any sacred or religious calendar specifying certain holy days or festivals.