Ta’anit Bechorot (Fast of the Firstborn) falls on Friday, April 6, 2012. An earlier version of the calendar we publish incorrectly had this minor fast on Thursday. When this fast day falls on Friday, we do in fact observe the fast on Friday, even though Shabbat follows immediately. It is only in years when the date of… Read more »
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Hebcal.com got hit with a script injection virus this week but everything is fine now. We had a stale copy of the WordPress content management system for our Help and News pages, so some malicious person/machine exploited a loophole. We have upgraded to the latest copy and have removed all traces of the virus from… Read more »
We offer a simple API for converting between Gregorian and Hebrew dates. Two output formats are supported: JSON and XML. To convert from Gregorian to Hebrew date use this URL format: http://www.hebcal.com/converter/?cfg=json&gy=2011&gm=6&gd=2&g2h=1 gy=2011 – Gregorian year gm=6 – Gregorian month (1=January, 12=December) gd=2 – Gregorian day of month g2h=1 – Convert from Gregorian to Hebrew… Read more »
Several users discovered an error in the Haftarah reading for Parashat Pinchas. When Pinchas falls after the 17th of Tammuz, we read Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3. If Pinchas occurs before the 17th of Tammuz, we read I Kings 18:46 – 19:21. We have revised the Torah Portion page to clarify this distinction.
Many calendar desktop, mobile or web apps support the iCalendar (.ICS file extension) format. Hebcal has specific instructions for the major calendar apps in that consume iCalendar files (see below). iCalendar is an open standard for exchanging calendar information. It is also known as RFC 2445. For minor calendar apps, Hebcal recommends the following: Go to… Read more »