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vCalendar support for Lotus Notes and iCal

We’ve added support for exporting Hebcal data to Lotus Notes and Apple iCal.

Our vCalendar export also works in Palm Desktop 4.1 now, although the native DBA export is considered superior. Previously the Hebcal vCalendar export would cause Palm Desktop to crash, but this issue appears to be resolved now.

Small changes to Torah Readings pages

We’ve added next and previous links to the top of the individual Torah Readings pages. See Parashat Beshalach (this week’s parashah) as an example. You’ll see a link << Bo on the left and Yitro >> on the right.

These links have always been available at the bottom of the parashah pages, but now they’re also visible at the top for people who don’t like to scroll.

Also, the date of the reading for the current year highlighted to easily see what to year we’re in if you’re using the triennial cycle.

Upcoming improvements to hebcal.com

Sometime before Pesach, I hope to change the Hebcal Torah Readings pages to correctly show special haftara/maftir when the Parashat ha-Shavua corresponds with a special day like Rosh Chodesh or Shabbat Shekalim.

Currently we’re displaying this message:

NOTE: This site does not yet indicate special maftir or haftarah when they occur. Always check a luach or consult with your rabbi to determine if this Shabbat has a special maftir and/or a special haftarah.

But of course it would be much better if the website actually had the proper data. This would make hebcal.com one step closer to being a full luach.

There are a bunch of other feature requests and bugs to fix this year, too.