Section: Questions Category: Miscellaneous
|Miscellaneous - Rosh Hashana|
|Submitted by I.lewis Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
At the time when the new month was determined when witnesses testified to seeing the new moon, they would often only find out that that day was Rosh HaShana in the late morning or afternoon. Therefore they enacted that both the 30th and 31st days after the beginning of Elul, either of which potentially could be Rosh HaShana, should be observed as the new year in case witnesses would come later in the day.