By popular demand, we are pleased to announce a Hebrew-only calendar. Previously users had to see both Hebrew and transliterations, but we’ve added more flexibility in how the results get displayed.
On the Hebcal Custom Calendar page, there is a new Event titles user interface section which offers the “Hebrew only” option. There are actually 5 options:
- Sephardic transliterations
- Sephardic translit. + Hebrew
- Ashkenazis transliterations
- Ashkenazis translit. + Hebrew
- Hebrew only
These options are available both for display on the page and download to iCal, Google Calendar, etc.
Here’s an example of what a Hebrew-only calendar looks like:
Hebcal now offers the ability to export to both Yahoo! Calendar and Windows Live Calendar.
The haftarah for Parashat Vayishlach is now listed as Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21. It was previously listed as Hosea 11:7 – 12:12 for Ashkenazim and Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 for Sephardim.
According to scholar Aryeh Cohen,
Further research indicates that while Ovadyah has been normalized as the reading for Ashkenazi communities, this wasn’t the case even some decades ago. The Hertz Chumash has Hosea and sources from the 19th century have Hosea as an alternative but the overwhelming predilection today seems to be for Ovadyah.
iMenorah is a cute app for the iPhone that displays a menorah to light. Download it from the iTunes App Store.
Disclaimer: I’m plugging it because I know the guy who built the app, and because 10% of the proceeds from the $1.99 sale price go to the San Francisco JCC.
We added a new feature to the Hebcal Interactive Jewish Calendar: integration with Google Calendar.
Look for an image like this in the “Export calendar” section of your customized calendar results:
The Israeli government changed the dates of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut a couple of years ago. They added a new rule to prevent Yom HaZikaron from beginning on motzei Shabbat. In 2007, these holidays begin at sundown on 22 and 23 April, respectively (the 5th and 6th of Iyyar).
See Memorial Day and Independence Day Bill (amendment) 2004 for an English translation of the law that the Knesset passed.
The Wikipedia article on Yom Ha’atzmaut explains the recent change, and their dates agree with ours. Here the relevant excerpt:
Yom Ha’atzmaut falls on the 5th day of Iyar on the Hebrew calendar, the anniversary of the day in which Israel independence was proclaimed, when David ben Gurion publicly read the Proclamation of the establishment of the State of Israel. The corresponding Gregorian date was May 14, 1948.
The festival is celebrated on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday closest to that date. This is to avoid having the festival either on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, or immediately before or after it. If Iyar 5 falls on Saturday, the festival is advanced to Thursday, Iyar 3, and if on Friday, then it is advanced to Thursday, Iyar 4. In 2004, the law was changed to provide that if Iyar 5 falls on Monday, the festival is postponed to Tuesday Iyar 6, so that Yom Hazikaron will not be immediately after the sabbath. (The rules of the Hebrew calendar are such that Iyar 5 does not fall on Sunday.)
If you’re using hebcal for UNIX, be sure to upgrade to version 3.7 to see the updated rules for these two holidays.
Hebcal.com is now using the new DST rules for Indiana that take effect in April, 2006.
Hebcal.com 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.
Hebcal.com and hebcal for UNIX do not yet take into consideration the change to Daylight Saving Time that is part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. We expect to implement this change in the next few months.
[Update 13 Feb 2006: hebcal.com is now running hebcal 3.5, which uses the new dates for DST starting in 2007]
The Hebcal Torah Reading pages now include an indication of special Maftir and Haftarah when they occur.
For example, since Parashat Toldot coincides with Shabbat Machar Chodesh on November 13, we read a special Haftarah.