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Transliteration issue in Ashkenzi+Hebrew

just reporting a cosmetic bug 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago 2

Hi, thanks for this service!

There is a transliteration issue in the Ashkenazi+Hebrew option. Probably in the Ashkenazi option alone of course but I didn't check it.

Leil Slichot should obviously be Leil Slichos.


Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago

Fixed now.


I think the Torah reading dates for 2017 are missing, could it be?

Liora Cohen 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 2 years ago 2

I tried to see the Torah readings for March 25th, 2017 - Kee Tisah, and there's none, only for February 2016.

Please advise.

Michael J. Radwin 2 years ago

Torah reading for March 25, 2017 was Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei. We recently redesigned our parsha hashavua pages to make it easier to see Torah readings in the past and future.

Under review

Editing text display of Shabbat times

wplove 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago 1

I'm using the following javascript to display shabbat times on my website:

<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"

I want to change the display text, however, but don't know how to do it.

For example, I want to change

  • Candle lighting: 8:07pm on Friday, 15 Jul 2016
  • This week's Torah portion is Parashat Chukat
  • Havdalah (50 min): 9:14pm on Saturday, 16 Jul 2016


Is there a way of just generating the times without any of the other text? Or separating the text into distinct sections that I can hide or display? Apologies if you've answered this elsewhere-I'm a bit new to coding API's.


Export Items

Dee 7 years ago 0

Is there a way to export the kiddush levana dates (Saturday night specifically - Chabad)? and shabbos mevarchim dates?

Under review

WordPress plug-in

msburgis 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago 2

When I went to download the HebCal WordPress plug-in, it said it has not been tested with the newest version of WordPress, which makes me a little nervous about using it since the copyright at is 2011. I am using WordPress 4.5.3 with Headway theme version 3.8.8. Does anyone have experience with this version 4.5.3 of WordPress? Also, is this a regular calendar, or just the dates mentioned? I was looking for an actual calendar that might do Hebrew dates and Jewish Holidays. Thanks.


i set up a yahrzeit calendar for my dad and it came on my calender as yahrzeit 1rather than dad

myeilatmail 7 years ago 0

it's frustrating to see this on my calendar and it won't let me delete the entri


Missing Holidays

Leon Feldhamer 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago 1

Where are Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel Independence Day, and Yom Yerushalayim?

Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago

To include Yom HaShoah and other modern holidays, be sure to check the "modern holidays" option at


When did the world begin? How do you know?

Inquiring Mind 7 years ago updated by Liora Cohen 7 years ago 1

Hello, I would like to

know how the Hebrews came up with the year 5776?

How do you figure that exact year?

Did Adam or Eve leave a message as to what year the beginning started?

How do you know? I am not really being funny. I just want an explanation of how someone came up with the exact year that the earth began? Through science? Science claims it is millions of years old which we know it isn't. What? Please respond. I am glad to see the 5776, but how do you know it isn't year 5976 or 5986? How did you figure it? please explain. Inquiring minds would like to know. Thanks for a prompt response.



Extract holiday layning from API

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz 7 years ago updated by Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago 1

Can you provide some direction on how to get layning values for Jewish holidays via the API

We've been using your Hebcal REST API to extract Torah information.

For example, here is the April REST call:

From the items array, we find each of the parashat objects (i.e. category = parashat). For example:

"title": "Parashat Shmini",
"hebrew": "פרשת שמיני",
"date": "2016-04-02",
"category": "parashat",
"leyning": {
"7": "Leviticus 11:33 - 11:47",
"2": "Leviticus 9:17 - 9:23",
"5": "Leviticus 10:16 - 10:20",
"3": "Leviticus 9:24 - 10:11",
"torah": "Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47",
"triennial": {
"4": "Leviticus 11:20 - 11:28",
"1": "Leviticus 11:1 - 11:8",
"6": "Leviticus 11:33 - 11:38",
"maftir": "Numbers 19:1 - 19:22 | Shabbat Parah",
"5": "Leviticus 11:29 - 11:32",
"3": "Leviticus 11:13 - 11:19",
"7": "Leviticus 11:39 - 11:47",
"2": "Leviticus 11:9 - 11:12"
"haftarah": "Ezekiel 36:16 - 36:38 | Shabbat Parah",
"1": "Leviticus 9:1 - 9:16",
"6": "Leviticus 11:1 - 11:32",
"4": "Leviticus 10:12 - 10:15",
"maftir": "Numbers 19:1 - 19:22 | Shabbat Parah"

From each parashat, we inspect the "leyning" to extract maftir, haftarah, the aliyah, and Torah portion (i.e. "title").

However, for Saturdays that are Jewish Holidays, the parashat object do not appear to be provided (ex. April 23, April 30).

Can you provide some direction on how to get these prayer values for Jewish holidays?

Michael J. Radwin 7 years ago

Our REST API doesn't yet expose holiday Torah readings. This is a missing feature

In the interim, your best bet might to download CSV leyning spreadsheets that we post here, as they include the aliyah-by-aliyah breakdown:

Download them, load them into a database of your choice.