Candle-lighting times for 200+ world cities

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We’re pleased to share that we’ve made some changes to the hebcal website to better accommodate world cities. If you visit our Shabbat Times page, you’ll see hundreds of new cities available for candle-lighting times.   You may notice that candle-lighting times have changed by 1-3 minutes as well. This is due to a change… Read more »

hebcal for Unix source code moved to Github

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We’re pleased to announce that hebcal for Unix is now hosted on Github. You can find the new repository at https://github.com/hebcal/hebcal Hebcal for Unix has been around for 20+ years. Danny Sadinoff wrote 98% of the code, and Michael has been fixing bugs and adding features here and there. SourceForge had been providing hosting for the… Read more »

Audio update to ORT’s Navigating the Bible

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We’re pleased to share that ORT’s Navigating the Bible website has been upgraded to MP3. For many years, Hebcal.com has linked to ORT’s excellent site for Torah readings with Hebrew, translation, transliteration and chanting. When released 13+ years ago, ORT’s trope/chanting audio was based on a format called RealAudio. Unfortunately, RealAudio doesn’t work very well on modern devices like tablets. As of… Read more »

Yom HaShoah errata: begins on Sun, 7 April 2013 at sundown

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We’ve fixed an error with the observance of Yom HaShoah occurring adjacent to Shabbat. This year Yom HaShoah begins on Sunday, 7 April 2013 at sundown. Previously Hebcal always used the date of the 27th of Nisan. When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes Yom Hashoah on the preceding… Read more »

Joomla JEvents Jewish holidays

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Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to Joomla CMS via the JEvents extension. These instructions are courtesy of Yaniv Feldman from Fancy Design LLC. Thanks! CONFIGURING Under Components choose JEvents From the JEvents control panel choose “Manage Categories” Click the “New” (+plus icon) from the top toolbar to create a new… Read more »

Chanukah and Thanksgiving in 2013

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We enjoyed reading Jonathan Mizrahi’s Hanukkah and Thanksgiving: A once in eternity overlap: Next year features an anomaly for American Jews – The first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving, on 11/28/2013 (meaning the first night of Hanukkah is actually the night before Thanksgiving). I was curious how often this happens. It turns out that it… Read more »

A new look for Hebcal

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We’ve rolled out a new website design! Please let us know what you think — consider posting a comment on our Hebcal Facebook page.

Refreshed Hebcal site design coming in 2013

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We’re hard at work on a refreshed website that will work better with multiple devices (namely mobile phones and tablets). Take a look at the preview and share your feedback! For developers curious about the redesign, we’re using the Bootstrap front-end framework. The functionality of the website is still a mish-mosh of Perl, PHP, C,… Read more »

Thunderbird Lightning Jewish holidays download

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Follow these instructions to subscribe to a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed in Mozilla Thunderbird Lightning: Open Thunderbird with Lightning installed. Now, switch to calendar view by clicking the Calendar icon next to the tab bar. Next, go to the File menu, select New and select the Calendar… item. In the Add a calendar wizard, select On the network and click Next. From the Format list,… Read more »