The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah explains that in order to announce Rosh Chodesh, torches were lit on high mountains. When those in the vicinity of the next high mountain would see the torch, they would light their own torch passing the message along. The Mishnah informs us that the first fire was lit on Har HaZeisim, the Mount of Olives, in Yerushalayim. The next fire was lit on Sartaba. Sartaba is located aproximately 24 miles from Har HaZeisim and is the highest mountain in the Jordan Valley.
All of the shots were taken from a moving car so the quality isn’t the best.
It’s amazing what actually living and breathing history can do to inject your Rosh Chodesh with a little oomph.