How to further revolutionize your Jewish life, using Google

It’s no secret to readers of this blog and RJ.org that I’ve got a little obsession with Jewish time of late. I counted the Omer here at the Shuckle earlier this year and I’ve just hung my Heeb Magazine Ladies of ’69 Israeli models Hebrew calendar in my dorm room.

Moran is an unfortunate name, but she seems like a nice Jewish girl nonetheless.

Moran is an unfortunate name, but she seems like a nice Jewish girl nonetheless.

It’s also no secret to my friends and family that I’ve got a Google obsession. I use Gmail for all my email needs, openly dissing other webmail services, and I use Google Reader for all my rss needs, sometimes becoming positively evangelical about Google’s rss-feeding webapp. And not, it’s time for another.

I’ve recently become interested in becoming an organized person. I’m on the verge of having the most over-comitted, not-enough-David-to-go-around semster I’ve ever had and, by God, I’ve got to find some way to keep myself informed of all my commitments.

Last night, Google Calendar came into my life.

This is my desktop with Evan Siegel dressed as Quailman up in the rotating pictures widget, and Google Calendar up in Firefox. Marvel at my Hebrew icons. Selah!

This is my desktop with Evan Siegel dressed as Quailman up in the rotating pictures widget, and Google Calendar up in Firefox. Marvel, thou Israelites, at my Hebrew icons! Gasp, thou jblogosphites, at my tremendously Chasidic pre-Shabat iTunes music! Selah!

This is better for me any other calendar I’ve investigated before because, one, it’s Google, and, two, it emails me reminders. Three, it can even alert my via Google Reader in an rss feed!

And, baruch haShem, it just gets better. If you head on over to one of my favorite websites, hebcal.com, you can create a custom calendar of the entire Jewish year including varying degrees of holidays, Torah portions, Hebrew dates, roshei chodesh, etc. Then, holy mindsplosions, Batman, you can export the calendar you created with hebcal as an iCalendar file and import it into your Google Calendar, as you can see above!

Selah!

Shabat Shalom, jblogosphere.

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4 Responses to How to further revolutionize your Jewish life, using Google

  1. Harold August 29, 2008 at 2:49 pm #

    Oh yeah. Google’s got great stuff. Be organized!

  2. Jessica August 30, 2008 at 7:43 am #

    Facebook alerted me to your blogpost. Welcome to what my roommate and I call, Googelexia Obessesova. gCalendar and gReader are only the beginning, my friend.

    It’s too bad you don’t gChat.

  3. GSM February 16, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    The export from hebcal doesn’t become visible in my Google calendar. Unhappiness.

  4. Chaim Galfand September 3, 2009 at 6:38 am #

    My experience has been that if you import just holidays into Google calendar from HebCal you’re fine. As soon as you start trying candle lighting and havdala times, however, you run into the problem of Google calendar re-setting the time of every event from your own time zone to Greenwich Mean Time – and then you are off by many hours. And modifying hundreds of time entries is not my idea of fun. Any workaround?