Time zone fixed for Arizona iCalendar users

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We’ve fixed a timezone issue for Arizona that was affecting Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and other iCalendar users. Hebcal.com now uses the “America/Phoenix” timezone instead of “US/Mountain” for all candle-lighting and havdalah times in the state of Arizona. Our apologies if you were getting times that were fine on the hebcal.com website but one hour… Read more »

New Hebrew-only calendar option

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By popular demand, we are pleased to announce a Hebrew-only calendar. Previously users had to see both Hebrew and transliterations, but we’ve added more flexibility in how the results get displayed. On the Hebcal Custom Calendar page, there is a new Event titles user interface section which offers the “Hebrew only” option. There are actually… Read more »

Vayishlach Haftarah correction

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The haftarah for Parashat Vayishlach is now listed as Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21. It was previously listed as Hosea 11:7 – 12:12 for Ashkenazim and Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 for Sephardim. According to scholar Aryeh Cohen, Further research indicates that while Ovadyah has been normalized as the reading for Ashkenazi communities, this wasn’t the case… Read more »

iMenorah iPhone Chanukah app

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iMenorah is a cute app for the iPhone that displays a menorah to light. Download it from the iTunes App Store. Disclaimer: I’m plugging it because I know the guy who built the app, and because 10% of the proceeds from the $1.99 sale price go to the San Francisco JCC.

Hebcal now integrates with Google Calendar

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We added a new feature to the Hebcal Interactive Jewish Calendar: integration with Google Calendar. Look for an image like this in the “Export calendar” section of your customized calendar results:

Yom Ha’Atzma’ut / Yom HaZikaron 2007

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The Israeli government changed the dates of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut a couple of years ago. They added a new rule to prevent Yom HaZikaron from beginning on motzei Shabbat. In 2007, these holidays begin at sundown on 22 and 23 April, respectively (the 5th and 6th of Iyyar). See Memorial Day and Independence… Read more »

Upgrade to hebcal 3.5 for 2007 Daylight Saving Time change

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Hebcal.com is now running hebcal 3.5, which uses the new rules for Daylight Saving Time starting in the Spring of 2007. In particular: Clocks will be set ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March instead of the current first Sunday of April. Clocks will be set back one hour on the first Sunday… Read more »

Change to Daylight Saving Time in USA in 2007

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Hebcal.com and hebcal for UNIX do not yet take into consideration the change to Daylight Saving Time that is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We expect to implement this change in the next few months. [Update 13 Feb 2006: hebcal.com is now running hebcal 3.5, which uses the new dates for DST… Read more »