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

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.

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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@...
To: webmaster@hebcal.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

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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]

Hebcal.com 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)

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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!

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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.

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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.