Change to Daylight Saving Time in USA in 2007

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Hebcal.com and hebcal for UNIX do not yet take into consideration the change to Daylight Saving Time that is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We expect to implement this change in the next few months. [Update 13 Feb 2006: hebcal.com is now running hebcal 3.5, which uses the new dates for DST… Read more »

Special Maftir & Haftarah

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The Hebcal Torah Reading pages now include an indication of special Maftir and Haftarah when they occur. For example, since Parashat Toldot coincides with Shabbat Machar Chodesh on November 13, we read a special Haftarah.

Shana Tovah!

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I’d like to wish a sweet New Year to all Hebcal.com users. Rosh Hashana 5765 begins at sundown on September 15, 2004. If you’re looking to update your PDA or PIM program, Hebcal.com offers a personalized Jewish calendar for any year 0000-9999. You can export a Jewish holidays, candle lighting times, and Torah readings to… Read more »

Baghdad candle lighting times

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We have added Baghdad to the list of hebcal cities. Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 08:48:38 +0400 From: Daniel.Lostotter@… To: webmaster@hebcal.com Subject: candle lighting time for Baghdad Sir, We are Jewish soldiers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq and were wondering if you would consider adding Baghdad to your list of cities for candle lighting times. It… Read more »

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!