When do the Holidays begin?

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In general, Jewish Holidays begin the evening before the date specified. This is because the Jewish day actually begins at sundown on the previous night. Sometimes, for clarity, the Erev holiday is also included to indicate that the holiday begins the evening before. For example, in the April 2015 calendar below, Erev Pesach is listed… Read more »

Correction: Ta’anit Bechorot falls on Friday April 6, 2012

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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 »

What is Havdalah (or, When does Shabbat end)?

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Shabbat ends after sundown on Saturday night when there are three stars visible. Depending on latitude and longitude, this is usually between 42 and 72 minutes after sundown. According to Wikipedia, There are three widely observed practices, all of which have support in the halachic literature: Appearance of three medium-sized stars in the sky (sun… Read more »

What does CH”M mean?

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CH”M is an abbreviation for Chol Ha-Mo’ed. Chol Ha-Mo’ed are the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot, when work is permitted.