What is the Triennial Torah Reading Cycle?

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“Many congregations pattern their weekly Torah reading cycle after a system similar to the one used in ancient Israel during the rabbinic period. In this system, the traditional parashiot are each divided into three shorter segments, and the whole Torah is completed once every three years. The system has both advantages and disadvantages, but its… Read more »

Download aliyah-by-aliyah breakdown of Torah readings for Shabbat

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Leyning coordinators can download these Comma Separated Value (CSV) files and import into Microsoft Excel or some other spreadsheet program. These spreadsheets contain the Torah readings for the current year and 5+ years into the future. Download Full Kriyah and Triennial spreadsheets Note that in September 2013, we replaced the large multi-year fullkriyah.csv file with… Read more »

When do the Holidays begin?

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All 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.

What does CH”M mean?

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CH”M is an abbreviation for Chol Ha-Mo’ed. Chol Ha-Mo’ed are the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot, when work is permitted.

Displaying Shabbat candle-lighting times on your website

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Hebcal.com’s Add Shabbat Times to your Website tool lets you create custom HTML tags to which display weekly candle-lighting times directly on your web page. The result looks something like this: Shabbat times for Chicago, IL Candle lighting: 4:08pm on Friday, 02 January 2004 This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayigash Havdalah (72 min): 5:39pm… Read more »