The Hebcal Torah Reading pages now include an indication of special Maftir and Haftarah when they occur.
If you’re looking to update your PDA or PIM program, Hebcal.com offers a personalized Jewish calendar for any year 0000-9999. You can export a Jewish holidays, candle lighting times, and Torah readings to Palm, Outlook, and iCal — all for free.
If you’re looking for a printed 2004-2005 calendar, I’d recommend the Jewish Year 5765 Wall Calendar.
We have added Baghdad to the list of hebcal cities.
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 08:48:38 +0400 From: Daniel.Lostotter@... To: email@example.com Subject: candle lighting time for Baghdad Sir, We are Jewish soldiers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq and were wondering if you would consider adding Baghdad to your list of cities for candle lighting times. It is a wondrous event to be Jews in Baghdad observing our faith and to be recognized on your website would be an honor. Thank you on behalf of the Victory Base Jewish Community. B'Shalom Daniel Lostotter
We’ve added two cities in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney) and Ottawa, Canada to the list of hebcal cities. We also added support for the AUNZ daylight saving time scheme which is the inverse of the European Union (their summer time begins the last Sunday in October and ends the last Sunday in March).
Israel ruled Feb. 1 to move the Day of Remembrance (Yom Hazikaron) and Israel Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) to Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 to avoid possible Shabbat violations in the country.
Following the Feb. 1 ruling, Rabbi Gedaliah Dov Schwartz of the Rabbinical Council of America issued a ruling saying American Jews should observe the holidays without adjusting to Israel’s schedule. [IJN]
Hebcal.com is using the Israeli rules this year.
We have added links to OU Torah Insights, URJ Torat Hayim, and Torah.org commentaries on the parashah pages. For example:
This fixes feature request #629967.
Thanks to Alan Ziv, an error in the Vayigash full kriyah aliyot list has been fixed.
The corrected list looks like this:
1: 44:18-30 (13 p’sukim)
2: 44:31-45:7 (11 p’sukim)
3: 45:8-18 (11 p’sukim)
4: 45:19-27 (9 p’sukim)
5: 45:28-46:27 (28 p’sukim)
6: 46:28-47:10 (17 p’sukim)
7: 47:11-27 (17 p’sukim)
maf: 47:25-27 (3 p’sukim)
Previously the website had incorrectly listed the third, fourth and fifth aliyot as:
3: 45:8-27 (20 p’sukim)
4: 45:28-46:7 (8 p’sukim)
5: 46:8-27 (20 p’sukim)
I’m working on adding a Holiday Torah Readings feature to the website.
You can see a beta version of the page here: Jewish Holidays.
For example, see the readings for Pesach.
This message is a little late, but I’d like to wish a sweet New Year to all of my hebcal.com users.
Or, perhaps I should extend an early Chag Sukkot Sameach!
Due to some confusion with Israeli vs. Diaspora sedra schemes, I have modified the user interface on the Interactive Calendar page to make the option easier to use. Instead of a checkbox, it’s now displayed as a radio button (a choice between the two options).
You should select the appropriate option depending on where you live (Israeli sedra scheme for those living inside Israel, Diaspora for everyone else).