THE HERITAGE PERSONAL PLANNER
A Twelve Month Weekly Diary
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In The Heritage Personal Planner, dates are given according
to both the secular and Jewish calendars; and the red-letter days of
each calendar are noted. The diary will prove an indispensable tool for anyone
who must keep track of appointments or a log of daily accomplishments.
Students and teachers can use it for the 2013/2014 school year; rabbis and
synagogue officials will find it handy for the year 5774. People
and professionals can keep track of appointments, conferences
Prayers (such as penitential selichos, or relevant psalms) recited on special occasions
are listed, along with other information about the daily prayer services, in
the margin of the day on which they are recited.
Candle-lighting times for the Sabbath and Festivals are given — for New
York City, on the calendar page; for 66 cities, at the
end of the planner. For the second night of a Festival, the candles should not
be lit before 45 minutes after sunset (later, in the far northern latitudes; some
wait until 72 minutes after sunset in any case). However, if the Festival falls on
a Friday, the Sabbath candles should be lit 18 minutes before sunset.
For many decades, the daily study of a folio page of the Talmud has become
extremely popular. This course of study (called Daf Yomi, or page-of-the-day)
completes the Talmud in seven and a half years. The daily daf (page) is listed in
this diary. During the period covered by this diary, the following tractates of the Talmud
will be completed: Pesachim (15 Cheshvan/Oct.19, 2013); Shekalim (6 Kislev/Nov.9); Yoma (4 AdarI/Feb.4, 2014); Succah (29 AdarII/Mar.31); Beitzah (9 Iyar/May9); Rosh Hashanah (14 Sivan/June12); Ta'anis (14 Tammuz/July10);
Megillah (16 Av/Aug.12); Moed Kattan (14 Elul/Sept.9); and Chagigah (11Tishrei/Oct.5) Each tractate (volume) is available in The Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud, in both the English and the Hebrew edition
Also popular is the daily study of two paragraphs of the Mishnah (called Mishnah Yomis, or Mishnah-of-the-day), which covers the entire Mishnah in
about five and a half years. The daily lesson is listed in the desk diary. All of the Mishnayos that will be studied during the term of this diary are currently available in The Artscroll Mishnah Series with Yad Avraham commentary, in both the regular and pocket size editions.
Select readings appear at the beginning and end of each weekly calendar: (a) a Talmudic aphorism, culled from The Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud; (b) for each Saturday, an educational excerpt from Rabbi Zelig Pliskin's Self Confidence; and (c) a timely thought related to the week's Torah reading culled from The Schottenstein editions of Talmud Yerushalmi and Interlinear Siddur; The Kleinman editions of The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Midrash Rabbah Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein's Aleinu L'Shabeiach, as well as from a variety of other ArtScroll volumes.