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Mishna Yomi

We’re pleased to announce support for Mishna Yomi! This 6-year program of daily learning includes two Mishnayot each day in order to finish the entire Mishnah.

Mishna Yomi is also referred to as משנה יומית, Mishnah Yomi, Mishna Yomit, or Mishna Yomis. You can subscribe to the 7-year calendar feed here:

Here is an example of what the calendar looks like.

January 2022

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
      1

Berakhot 3:2-3
2

Berakhot 3:4-5
3

Berakhot 3:6-4:1
4

Berakhot 4:2-3
5

Berakhot 4:4-5
6

Berakhot 4:6-7
7

Berakhot 5:1-2
8

Berakhot 5:3-4
9

Berakhot 5:5-6:1
10

Berakhot 6:2-3
11

Berakhot 6:4-5
12

Berakhot 6:6-7
13

Berakhot 6:8-7:1
14

Berakhot 7:2-3
15

Berakhot 7:4-5
16

Berakhot 8:1-2
17

Berakhot 8:3-4
18

Berakhot 8:5-6
19

Berakhot 8:7-8
20

Berakhot 9:1-2
21

Berakhot 9:3-4
22

Berakhot 9:5-Peah 1:1
23

Peah 1:2-3
24

Peah 1:4-5
25

Peah 1:6-2:1
26

Peah 2:2-3
27

Peah 2:4-5
28

Peah 2:6-7
29

Peah 2:8-3:1
30

Peah 3:2-3
31

Peah 3:4-5
     

Enjoy your learning!

Triennial Torah Reading revision

Hebcal triennial Torah readings have been updated to reflect the November 2020 responsa from the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly.

The CJLS modified the triennial cycle for some combined parshiyot to change the reading for year 3 to be the third section of the parashah.

The following parshiyot have been modified:

Further details are available in the responsa: Modification of the Triennial Cycle Readings for Combined Parashot in Certain Years, Rabbi Miles B. Cohen, November 16, 2020

Hebcal for Apple Watch beta

We’re pleased to announce a public beta of Hebcal on the Apple Watch! Sign up for Hebcal Watch Beta so we can collect your feedback and improve the app.

Hebcal Hebrew Calendar provides watch face complications with today’s Hebrew date and this week’s Torah portion. The watch app displays the next 60 days of Hebrew/Gregorian dates and upcoming Jewish holidays. No frills, no gimmicks, no notifications, just an easy way to glance at the date and parsha.

The Hebrew date and weekly Torah portion can be displayed as transliterations in Sephardic (e.g. “Shabbat” or “Sukkot”) or Ashkenazi (e.g. “Shabbos” or “Sukkos”) or in Hebrew (e.g. “שַׁבָּת” or “סוּכּוֹת”).

Select Israel from the settings if you are based in Israel and want to see the Israeli Jewish holiday & Torah reading schedule. The default setting is for Diaspora (outside of Israel).

The app requires an iPhone with iOS 13.0 or later and an Apple Watch® with watchOS 7.0 or later. The app requires an iPhone to install, but there is no companion iPhone app. It runs only on the watch.

As of September 2021, there are two ways to get the watch app:

  1. Sign up for Hebcal Watch Beta so we can collect your feedback and improve the app! The public beta installs via TestFlight, which will let you get early access to any new features
  2. Install the released version of the app directly from the App Store:

iPhone and Android apps will come eventually. Please stay tuned!

If have an iPhone but no Apple Watch, you can still get Hebcal holidays on your device via our download/subscribe process.

G’mar Chatima Tova

גְּמַר חֲתִימָה טוֹבָה

Havdalah now available on Candle-lighting Times Year at a Glance page

We are pleased to announce that Havdalah times can optionally be displayed on our Candle-lighting Times Year at a Glance page. This tool lets you get Shabbat and holiday candle lighting times and Parashat haShavuah (weekly Torah Portion) for the entire year on a single page. You can print it out and post it on your refrigerator.

The checkbox on the bottom of the page will show or hide the Havdalah times.

Hebcal 2020 year-end updates

At the conclusion of Gregorian year 2020, we’d like to express our thanks and gratitude to all of our Hebcal.com users. Our mission is to increase awareness of Jewish holidays and to help Jews to be observant of the mitzvot, and many of you have been visiting our site for calendar updates and Hebrew date conversion for years.

Here is a summary of updates we’ve made to Hebcal.com during the past 6 months.

Yahrzeit, Birthday and Anniversary calendar

We now offer annual email reminders for our Yahrzeit, Birthday and Anniversary calendar. After entering and confirming your email address, you will receive a reminder email 7 days before each anniversary. Our email privacy policy is the same as for our Shabbat weekly email list: We will never sell or give your email address to anyone. We will never use your email address to send you unsolicited offers.

In addition, Yahrzeit and anniversary calendar downloads for Apple, Google & Outlook now support more than 3 names. Just click the “+ Add another name” button to create another row and enter the additional details.

Zmanim (halachic times)

In August 2020 we updated our solar calculation engine, which has enabled several new features:

Havdalah can now be calculated according to tzeit hakochavim, the point when 3 small stars are observable in the night time sky with the naked eye. The new default Havdalah option is calculated when the sun is 8.5° below the horizon. This option is an excellent default for most places on the planet. We still offer the option to use a fixed number of minutes past sundown (e.g. 42 min for three medium-sized stars, 50 min for three small stars, 72 min for Rabbeinu Tam) which works well for Israel, most of the USA and Europe.

Fast start and end times are now provided for major fast (Tish’a B’Av) and minor fasts (Ta’anit Esther, Tzom Gedaliah, Tzom Tammuz, Asara B’Tevet, & Ta’anit Bechorot). Minor fasts begin at alot hashachar (when the sun is 16.1° below the horizon in the morning) and end when 3 medium-sized stars are observable in the night sky (when the sun is 7.083° below the horizon in the evening). Tish’a B’Av fast begins at sundown and ends when 3 medium-sized stars are observable.

Chanukah candle-lighting has been updated to occur at dusk on weekdays (when the sun is 6° below the horizon in the evening). To avoid any conflict with Shabbat, candle-lighting times for Chanukah on Friday night are 18 minutes before sundown (same as regular Shabbat candle-lighting) and at regular Havdalah time on Saturday night.

Language support

Earlier in December, we added Spanish language support for event title translations and transliterations. Hebcal now supports the following languages:

  • Sephardic transliterations
  • Ashkenazis transliterations
  • Hebrew – עברית
  • Spanish – español
  • French – français
  • Russian – ру́сский язы́к
  • Polish – język polski
  • Finnish – Suomalainen
  • Hungarian – Magyar nyelv
  • Sephardic translit. + Hebrew
  • Ashkenazis translit. + Hebrew

These languages are fully supported on the Custom Calendar generator and its associated export formats (Apple, Google, iCalendar, CSV, Print PDF) and the printable Candle-lighting Times Year at a Glance (“refrigerator times”) page.

Torah Readings

Holiday Torah readings are now included in the description/memo section of Apple, Google, & Outlook calendar feeds and our downloadable Torah reading spreadsheets (aliyah-by-aliyah breakdown especially useful for synagogue or minyan leyning coordinators). Previously only regular Shabbat Torah readings were included.

Aliyot for special Shabbatot that include three Sifrei Torah have been improved. We read from three Sifrei Torah when Rosh Chodesh coincides with Shabbat HaCodesh, Shabbat Shekalim or Shabbat Chanukah. Although some minyanim have the custom of reading 8 aliyot, we now take the more common approach of including the typical 7 aliyot for Shabbat. The 1st Sefer Torah is for regular Torah reading (aliyot 1-6), the 2nd Sefer Torah is read for the 7th aliyah for Rosh Chodesh (Numbers 28:9-15) and the 3rd Sefer Torah is read for the maftir aliyah (the special Shabbat).

Triennial Torah reading is now supported for Hebrew years 5745 through 5830 (Gregorian years 1984 – 2070).

Parsha detail pages now take into consideration the differences between the Israel and Diaspora sedra schemes. For example, in the year 5782 Parashat Achrei Mot is read on April 30, 2022 in the Diaspora and on April 23, 2022 in Israel.

Miscellaneous

Hebrew Date Converter now lists holidays and Parsha HaShavuah for any date from the year 0001-9999. Previously it converted dates but only mentioned holidays & parsha for years 1900-2099.

When the 9th of Av falls on Shabbat and the Tish’a B’Av fast is postponed to the 10th, the calendar event now says “Tish’a B’Av (observed)”.

The Hebrew typeface used on the website is now SBL Hebrew Font (copyright Society of Biblical Literature and Tiro Typeworks). This typeface is a more traditional serif style, which improves legibility.

We have discontinued support for Palm DateBook Archive calendar downloads.