THE HERITAGE DESK DIARY
A Sixteen Month Weekly Planner
This edition of The Heritage Desk Diary covers the calendar from September 2013 through December 2014, a sixteen-month period that includes both the entire Jewish year 5774 and the entire secular year 2014. 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; and business people and professionals can schedule sixteen months of appointments, conferences and deadlines.
The chart of Jewish holidays 2013-2022 (pp. 22-23) will help schools, government agencies, businesses and organizations plan tests and seasonal events in a way that will avoid scheduling conflicts for Jewish students, clients or members.
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 60 American and 54 foreign 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 editions
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.