Colophon

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Hebcal.com was primarily authored using hand-coded HTML5, PHP and Perl in Sublime Text 3 and Aquamacs. Our minimalist, responsive design is provided by the Bootstrap framework. The website runs on Apache HTTP Server on Ubuntu Linux. We use the Varnish HTTP accelerator and Pound for HTTPS (TSL/SSL) termination. We primarily use DigitalOcean and Netkine for hosting, with occasional use of Amazon Web Services… Read more »

May I reproduce hebcal.com content in another form?

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Feel free to make printed calendars, email newsletters, refrigerator magnets, and other content using events from Hebcal.com. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Among other things, this license gives you permission to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. You must give… 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 »

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 Kashrut.com’s… Read more »