Pesach on 15th of Nissan vs. the 14th

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Why does Pesach begin on the 15th of Nisan when Numbers 28:16 says “And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the LORD’S passover”? Special thanks to Rabbi George Schlesinger for this guest post. First of all, it’s helpful to know and understand the Hebrew and to know that in… Read more »

Chile Daylight Saving Time changes in 2015

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Chile will not change clocks in April 2015 or thereafter; its new standard time will be its old daylight saving time. We have updated Hebcal’s candle-lighting times engine to reflect the change. If you downloaded or printed candle-lighting times for Santiago or any other city in Chile, be sure to re-download sometime before Pesach.

When do the Holidays begin?

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In general, Jewish Holidays begin the evening before the date specified. This is because the Jewish day actually begins at sundown on the previous night. Sometimes, for clarity, the Erev holiday is also included to indicate that the holiday begins the evening before. For example, in the April 2015 calendar below, Erev Pesach is listed… Read more »

How can I look up candle-lighting times for any city in the world?

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Hebcal offers a way to specify candle-lighting times location by latitude and longitude for remote or less-populated areas. Hebcal supports already over 45,000 world cities. Just search for the name of any world city with population 5,000+. However, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our location database, here’s how you could find candle-lighting… Read more »