New Cities: Melbourne, Sydney, Ottawa

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We’ve added two cities in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) and Ottawa, Canada to the list of hebcal cities. We also added support for the AUNZ daylight saving time scheme which is the inverse of the European Union (their summer time begins the last Sunday in October and ends the last Sunday in March).

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut 2004

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Israel ruled Feb. 1 to move the Day of Remembrance (Yom Hazikaron) and Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) to Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 to avoid possible Shabbat violations in the country. Following the Feb. 1 ruling, Rabbi Gedaliah Dov Schwartz of the Rabbinical Council of America issued a ruling saying American Jews… Read more »

Commentary options on Torah Readings pages

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We have added links to OU Torah Insights, URJ Torat Hayim, and Torah.org commentaries on the parashah pages. For example: http://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/vaera.html#drash This fixes feature request #629967.

Errata: Vayigash aliyah breakdown

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Thanks to Alan Ziv, an error in the Vayigash full kriyah aliyot list has been fixed. The corrected list looks like this: 1: 44:18-30 (13 p’sukim) 2: 44:31-45:7 (11 p’sukim) 3: 45:8-18 (11 p’sukim) 4: 45:19-27 (9 p’sukim) 5: 45:28-46:27 (28 p’sukim) 6: 46:28-47:10 (17 p’sukim) 7: 47:11-27 (17 p’sukim) maf: 47:25-27 (3 p’sukim) Previously… Read more »

Holiday Torah Readings

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I’m working on adding a Holiday Torah Readings feature to the website. You can see a beta version of the page here: Jewish Holidays. For example, see the readings for Pesach.

Shana Tova u’Metuka!

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This message is a little late, but I’d like to wish a sweet New Year to all of my hebcal.com users. Or, perhaps I should extend an early Chag Sukkot Sameach!

Diaspora vs. Israeli Sedra schemes

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Due to some confusion with Israeli vs. Diaspora sedra schemes, I have modified the user interface on the Interactive Calendar page to make the option easier to use. Instead of a checkbox, it’s now displayed as a radio button (a choice between the two options). You should select the appropriate option depending on where you… Read more »

iCal export modified

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A couple of folks using iCal reported some problems with the Hebcal export option for iCal. Apparently the iCalendar file format is slightly incompatible with the vCalendar format used by Lotus Notes and some other apps. To address this issue, the website now offers both .vcs (vCalendar) and .ics (iCalendar) files for download. The .ics… Read more »

More Hebrew dates

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Per the suggestion of a user, I’ve added Hebrew translations to the Interactive Calendar for the following 3 optional features: Days of the Omer Show Hebrew date for entire date range Show Hebrew date for dates with some event Here’s a sample of what it looks like: 2nd of Sivan, 5763 / ב׳ בְּסִיוָן תשס״ג… Read more »

Hebcal by Voice is going away

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Got this email from Tellme today: Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 01:10:11 -0800 (PST) From: Tellme Studio <developer@tellme.com> To: michael@… Subject: Tellme Studio program change VoiceXML Developer, Tellme has made many investments in VoiceXML over the past four years. One of these investments was in the Extensions program, with the goal of making VoiceXML a… Read more »