First day of Chanukah on Christmas

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As many have noted, the first day of Chanukah coincided with Christmas this year (December 25, 2016). This happens approximately three times each century. Prior to this year, the most recent occurrence was in 1978, and the next time this will happen will be in 2027. For completeness, here are the co-occurrences of the first day… Read more »

Yom HaAliyah / יום העלייה

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We’ve added a new modern holiday, Yom HaAliyah (יום העלייה). Yom HaAliyah recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel. More info from Wikipedia: Yom HaAliyah (Aliyah Day) (Hebrew: יום העליה) is an Israeli national holiday celebrated annually on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, to commemorate the historic events which happened on… Read more »

Number of years in Hebcal calendar feed subscriptions

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We’ve made changes to the number of years included in our calendar subscription feeds. Previously all feeds were 5 years long. Now, depending on options you select to include extra events, feeds may be shortened to only two years. Calendars exported from Hebcal to Google Calendar or other services that support iCalendar subscription feeds are typically… Read more »

Hebcal by voice on the Amazon Echo/Alexa

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We are pleased to announce that we have released an Alexa Skill for Hebcal for users with an Amazon Echo device. Skills are new voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of your Alexa device. Turning on the Hebcal skill lets you ask questions such as: Alexa, ask Hebcal when Shabbat starts. Alexa, ask Hebcal for candle… Read more »

Chanukah candle lighting times

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Due to popular demand, we’ve added support for Chanukah candle-lighting times. If you specify a city for Shabbat and Yom Tov candle lighting times, you’ll see Chanukah candle lighting show up as a timed event. If you don’t enable candle-lighting times (and instead choose the generic Diaspora or Israel locations) you’ll see Chanukah events show… Read more »