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 »

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 hebcal.com program for my computer?

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

May I reproduce hebcal.com content in another form?

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I’d like to make a printed calendar, another website, email newsletter, refrigerator magnets, etc. Do I need hebcal.com’s permission? You may reproduce some (not all) hebcal.com content. Each individual page has a Copyright notice at the bottom which says one of the following: Copyright © 2008 Michael J. Radwin. All rights reserved. You are forbidden… Read more »

Printing out Hebcal Jewish calendars

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Pages generated by the Interactive Jewish Calendar can be printed very easily on standard 8.5×11″ paper. Just try “Print Preview” and you’ll see what it looks like. You can print out an entire year at a time and each month will end up on a separate sheet. To print other sizes, we recommend and importing… Read more »