Posted by & filed under News. 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 in November, rather than the last Sunday of October.

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[Jewish Year 5765 Wall Calendar] I’d like to wish a sweet New Year to all users. Rosh Hashana 5765 begins at sundown on September 15, 2004.

If you’re looking to update your PDA or PIM program, 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.

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We have added Baghdad to the list of hebcal cities.

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 08:48:38 +0400
From: Daniel.Lostotter@...
Subject: candle lighting time for Baghdad
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.
Daniel Lostotter

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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).

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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] is using the Israeli rules this year.

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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)