We’re pleased to share that ORT’s Navigating the Bible website has been upgraded to MP3. For many years, Hebcal.com has linked to ORT’s excellent site for Torah readings with Hebrew, translation, transliteration and chanting. When released 13+ years ago, ORT’s trope/chanting audio was based on a format called RealAudio. Unfortunately, RealAudio doesn’t work very well on modern devices like tablets. As of… Read more »
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We’ve fixed an error with the observance of Yom HaShoah occurring adjacent to Shabbat. This year Yom HaShoah begins on Sunday, 7 April 2013 at sundown. Previously Hebcal always used the date of the 27th of Nisan. When the actual date of Yom Hashoah falls on a Friday, the state of Israel observes Yom Hashoah on the preceding… Read more »
We’ve rolled out a new website design! Please let us know what you think — consider posting a comment on our Hebcal Facebook page.
We’re hard at work on a refreshed website that will work better with multiple devices (namely mobile phones and tablets). Take a look at the preview and share your feedback! For developers curious about the redesign, we’re using the Bootstrap front-end framework. The functionality of the website is still a mish-mosh of Perl, PHP, C,… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
If you wish to see the פָּרָשַׁת הַשָּׁבוּעַ (weekly Torah portion) in your Facebook news feed, please “Like” the Hebcal page on Facebook.
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 »
Jewish holiday download support for Outlook 2011 for Mac OS X has been added to the hebcal.com website. See our for more details.