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 »
To remove a Hebcal calendar from your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to first determine if you subscribed via iCloud or whether you subscribed directly from your iOS device. Subscribed via iCloud Log into iCloud in a web browser. Go to the iCloud Calendar. Click Edit in the sidebar. Click the Delete button to the right of… 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). For minor calendar apps, Hebcal recommends the following: Go to http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/ if you’re downloading a holiday calendar, or http://www.hebcal.com/yahrzeit/ if you’re downloading a Yahrzeit + Anniversary… Read more »
We’re pleased to offer Jewish holiday downloads for many Android devices through a two step process that sends Hebcal data first to Google Calendar, and then to your Android phone or tablet. Note that Hebcal is not an app for Android (in the Google Play sense of apps that you install). Rather, Hebcal is a… Read more »
If you wish to see the פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ (weekly Torah portion) in your Facebook news feed, please “Like” the Hebcal page on Facebook.
Our new Hebcal Shabbat Times WordPress plugin displays candle-lighting time, Torah Portion, and havdalah time in a WordPress widget. If you run a synagogue or other local Judaism-related website, you can get customized times based on your USA Zip code. An alternative approach is to use the WordPress built-in RSS Widget and configure as follows:
By popular demand, we’ve added Pesach Sheni, a minor holiday that comes every year on the 14th of Iyyar, one month after Passover. We have also added Erev Purim and Erev Tish’a B’Av dates to the Hebcal calendar on the days prior to Purim and Tish’a B’Av. Previously the “Erev” dates were only displayed for… Read more »