Palm Desktop 6.2 Jewish holidays download

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Follow these instructions to add a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed to Palm Desktop 6.2. Note that these instructions do not work for the older Palm Desktop 4.1.4. If you are using the older version, please instead use our . First, you’ll need to download a vCal (.vcs format) file from Go to… Read more »

Outlook 2011 Mac OS X Jewish holidays download

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Follow these instructions to subscribe to a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed in Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac OS X: Go to if you’re downloading a holiday calendar, or if you’re downloading a Yahrzeit + Anniversary calendar. Fill out the form with your preferences and click the Create Calendar button Click the Download… button Select the Outlook 2011 (Mac… Read more »

Asara b’Tevet bug fix

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Beginning with Hebcal for Unix 3.9, Asara B’Tevet is allowed to fall on a Friday. This is a significant bugfix. According to If a public fast occurs on Erev Shabbat, we fast the entire day till the conclusion of the fast, even though it means entering Shabbat while fasting. Neither “Avinu Malkeinu” nor “Tachanun”… Read more » site redesign

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After 8 years, we’ve finally redesigned the website to be a little more modern-looking and easier to navigate with a menu on every page. We’re also using the WordPress content management system to manage our help pages and other content. We hope you like the new look. If you see anything broken, let us… Read more »

Purim Katan

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Purim Katan is a rare guest that deserves special attention. In the 19-year cycle of regular and leap years we have nineteen Purims, but only seven Purim Katans. We must truly utilize it for special activities. There’s a strong connection between Purim and Purim Katan. The Mishnah teaches: “There is no difference between the first… Read more »

What are other good Jewish calendar sites on the web?

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For an excellent overview, see Jewish Calendar from Judaism 101. Also, you might see Yahoo!’s Judaism Resources: Calendars page. The Orthodox Union also lists Shabbat and Holiday Candle Lighting Times for both American and international cities, as well as a Jewish Holidays website. If you’re looking for more than just candle-lighting times, check out’s… Read more »

Can you recommend any books on the Hebrew Calendar or Jewish Holidays?

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For a good reference book on the major Jewish Holidays, I’d suggest Michael Strassfeld’s The Jewish Holidays: A Guide & Commentary. Rabbi Nathan Bushwick’s Understanding the Jewish Calendar explains some of the mathematical and scientific underpinnings of the calendar. For a comprehensive look at 25 different calendar systems (including Hebrew, Gregorian, Julian, Mayan and Hindu),… Read more »

Can I download a copy of the program for my computer?

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Hebcal for UNIX is a free program and is available for download at This is the same engine that powers the website. The downloadable program has a text (command-line) interface, not a fancy graphical one. Kaluach is an unrelated program available at The author requests donations, but does not have a set… Read more »