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Numerical values of Hebrew letters

Our Hebrew Date Converter displays dates in Hebrew. Each letter of the Hebrew alef-bet (alphabet) has a numerical value, specified in the chart below.

When specifying years of the Hebrew calendar in the present millennium, we omit the thousands (which is presently 5, ה). For example, the Hebrew year 5782 is written as 782 (תשפ״ב) rather than 5782 (ה׳תשפ״ב).

ValueNameLetter
1alephא
2betב
3gimelג
4daletד
5hayה
6vavו
7zayinז
8khetח
9tetט
10yudי
20kafכ
30lamedל
40memמ
50nunנ
60samechס
70ayinע
80payפ
90tzadiצ
100kufק
200reishר
300shinש
400tavת

Note that the numbers 15 and 16 are treated specially, which if rendered as 10+5 or 10+6 would be a name of God, so they are normally written ט״ו (tet-vav, 9+6) and ט״ז (tet-zayin, 9+7).

For more information, see the Judaism 101 article on the Hebrew Alphabet, the Wikipedia article on Gematria, or JewishGen’s Reading Hebrew Tombstones page.

Jewish holiday calendars in Hebrew

It’s easy to create a calendar in Hebrew instead of transliterations.

First, go to our custom calendar page at https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal

Next, change the Event titles option from the default (Sephardic transliterations) to Hebrew – עברית.

Then, set up the rest of your options as you desire, and click Create Calendar.

Hebcal Event titles in Hebrew

After that, you’ll see the calendar of Jewish holidays, and you will presented with an option to print, download, or subscribe to the calendar.

Number of years in Hebcal calendar feed subscriptions

Calendars exported from Hebcal via our subscription feeds (using iCalendar format) are typically “perpetual”. That is, they contain events for the current year (Gregorian or Hebrew) plus some number of years into the future. Most downloads (including Apple, Google Calendar, and Microsoft Outlook) support these perpetual calendar subscription feeds.

Using the default options on the Hebcal Custom Calendar page, our calendars will contain exactly 5 years of events (current year plus 4 years into the future). This is true whether you select the Gregorian year or the Hebrew year.

Size limitations imposed by Google and other calendar clients starting in 2016 require that Hebcal limit the number of events per calendar feed. If the options you select generate many events, the feed may need to be shortened.

OptionFeed duration (years)Number of calendar events per year (approx)
Major holidays only540
Major & minor holidays, Rosh Chodesh, Minor Fasts, Special Shabbatot, Modern Holidays595
Weekly Torah portion on Saturdays550
Candle lighting times4120
Days of the Omer449
Show Hebrew date for dates with some event3variable
Show Hebrew date every day of the year2365
Daf Yomi2365
Daf Yomi and Hebrew date every day of the year1730
Table of Hebcal options and corresponding effect on calendar feed duration

Workaround: multiple subscriptions

Note that if you’d like to include the Hebrew date for every day of the year, you can subscribe to that calendar via a separate calendar feed at our Jewish Holiday downloads page. Look for Hebrew calendar dates (English) or Hebrew calendar dates (Hebrew). Daf Yomi and other large single-purpose iCalendar feeds are also available on that page for Apple, Google, and any iCalendar application.

An added advantage of the multi-subscription approach is that you can choose separate colors in Google Calendar or iOS/iCloud calendar for each calendar event feed.

Advanced users: download and then upload

All that said, if you’d like to download future events to Google Calendar or another program that supports iCalendar (.ics) files such as macOS Calendar or Outlook, you may utilize Hebcal’s alternative download instructions below. This technique requires a laptop/desktop computer and generally does not work well on a smartphone or tablet. Note that once downloaded, these .ics files are no longer managed by Hebcal and will not refresh.

Please note that these instructions are recommended only for advanced users. If you don’t take great care to create a separate calendar and import Hebcal events into that new, separate calendar, you may unintentionally add hundreds of events to your personal calendar.

Printing out Hebcal Jewish calendars

Pages generated by the Interactive Jewish Calendar can be printed very easily on standard 8.5×11″ paper. Just try “Print Preview” and you’ll see what it looks like. You can print out an entire year at a time and each month will end up on a separate sheet.

We also offer a simple Print PDF feature that creates PDF files in landscape layout, one page per month.

To print other sizes or to customize, we recommend downloading/exporting from hebcal.com and importing into a more full-featured desktop or web calendar program, such as one of the following:

  • Outlook CSV – Outlook has extremely powerful print features (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Tri-fold, Calendar Details, Day-Timer, Day Runner, Franklin Day Planner, etc.)
  • Google Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, or Agenda views with customizable date range, font size, page orientation, and color setting (see also “Print your calendar” from Google support)
  • Apple macOS Calendar – offers Day, Week, Month, List, Selected Events in US Letter and other standard paper formats. Options include All-day events, Timed events, Color/Black and white, and text size controls.

See the Printable Shabbat Times tool to print out candle lighting times only for an entire year.

Calendars in printed form are provided with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. This means that you can use you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format as long as you give appropriate credit to Hebcal.com.