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 »
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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.
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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 »