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).
I have also fixed the 1-Click Shabbat service (both web and email versions) to automatically select Israeli sedra scheme for cities in Israel.
A couple of folks using iCal reported some problems with the Hebcal export option for iCal. Apparently the iCalendar file format is slightly incompatible with the vCalendar format used by Lotus Notes and some other apps.
To address this issue, the website now offers both .vcs (vCalendar) and .ics (iCalendar) files for download. The .ics files now have a string timezone identifier (such as TZID=US/Eastern). I think I’ve got these working for the US, but I don’t yet have them working for international cities.
Per the suggestion of a user, I’ve added Hebrew translations to the Interactive Calendar for the following 3 optional features:
- Days of the Omer
- Show Hebrew date for entire date range
- Show Hebrew date for dates with some event
Here’s a sample of what it looks like:
2nd of Sivan, 5763 / ×‘×³ ×‘Ö¼Ö°×¡Ö´×™×•Ö¸×Ÿ ×ª×©×¡×´×’
46th day of the Omer / ×ž×´×• ×‘Ö¼Ö°×¢×•Ö¹×žÖ¶×¨
Got this email from Tellme today:
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 01:10:11 -0800 (PST)
From: Tellme Studio <email@example.com>
Subject: Tellme Studio program change
Tellme has made many investments in VoiceXML over the past four years.
One of these investments was in the Extensions program, with the goal
of making VoiceXML a more utilized public standard. Now with VoiceXML
well on its way to standardization in the W3C and with hundreds of
thousands of VoiceXML applications in production, it is clear that
investment has paid off. It is time for us to retire the Extensions
program and invest in other areas. As of Wednesday, April 9th we will
no longer host Extensions on 1-800-555-TELL or
http://studio.tellme.com. Developers can continue to build VoiceXML
applications on Tellme Studio.
Thank you for your individual contribution in making VoiceXML the most
widely-used and successful voice standard in the world.
The Tellme Development Team
Last week I fixed a bug in yahrzeit calculations in the hebcal website.
According to Calendrical Calculations by Edward M. Reingold and Nachum Dershowitz, the yarhzeit of someone who passed away in Adar of an ordinary year or Adar II of a leap year is also always in the last month of the year, be that Adar or Adar II.
The hebcal.com website previously displayed those anniversaries as occurring in Adar I. Hebcal for Unix 3.3beta10 also contains this fix.