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Follow these instructions to subscribe to a Hebcal Jewish holiday calendar 5-year feed in Mozilla Thunderbird Lightning:
- Open Thunderbird with Lightning installed.
- Now, switch to calendar view by clicking the Calendar icon next to the tab bar. Next, go to the File menu, select New and select the Calendar… item.
- In the Add a calendar wizard, select On the network and click Next.
- From the Format list, select iCalendar (ICS) and enter the calendar location (with the “http://” prefix) that you just copied into the Address textbox. Click Next.
- Give the holiday calendar a name or leave the default value. If you want, you can select a color in which all of the holidays are highlighted. Click Next
- Click Finish to exit the wizard.
Here are some screenshots:
Thunderbird Lightning - Step 1
Thunderbird Lightning - Step 2
Thunderbird Lightning - Step 3
Thunderbird Lightning - Step 4
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 the fast falls on Shabbat that the fast is moved. In this case, Ta’anit Bechorot is moved back to Thursday, because it is preferable not to fast immediately before Shabbat.
Source: Mishnah Berurah: the classic commentary to Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim, comprising the laws of daily Jewish conduct, Volume V (B), Pesach. §470: “That the first-born fast on Erev Pesach.”
Hebcal.com got hit with a script injection virus this week but everything is fine now.
We had a stale copy of the WordPress content management system for our Help and News pages, so some malicious person/machine exploited a loophole. We have upgraded to the latest copy and have removed all traces of the virus from our website.
Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience we may have caused.
To remove a Hebcal calendar from your iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to first determine if you subscribed via iCloud or whether you subscribed directly from your iOS device.
Subscribed via iCloud
- Log into iCloud in a web browser.
- Go to the iCloud Calendar.
- Click Edit in the sidebar.
- Click the Delete button to the right of the calendar’s name.
- Click Delete Calendar.
Source: iCloud: Delete a calendar
Subscribed directly from iOS device
To remove a Hebcal calendar from your iPhone or iPad, first go to the Settings app, then touch Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Scroll down until you see the Subscribed Calendars item:
Touch Subscribed Calendars to see the list:
Then, touch the Hebcal calendar to delete:
Touch the red Delete Account button, then touch Delete Account again to confirm.