Ranges are 10 days, WED-FRI - 28 Nisan - 7 Iyar (April 22 - May 1)
Earliest Talit & T'filin 5:10-5:00am
Sof Z'man K' Sh'ma 9:20-9:15am
(Magen Avraham: 8:32-8:25am)
Sof Z'man T'fila 10:26-10:22am
(Magen Avraham: 9:54-9:49am)
Mincha Gedola 1:11-1:10pm
Plag Mincha 5:50Ω-5:55pm
(based on sea level: 7:12-7:18pm)
Candle Lighting (Earliest candle lighting - PLAG) and Havdala times - Israel Summer Time
Correct for TT 856
Rabbeinu Tam (J'm) - 8:32pm
6:38 (5:52) Yerushalayim 7:54pm
6:56 (5:54) S'derot 7:55pm
6:54 (5:52) Gush Etzion 7:54pm
6:56 (5:54) Raanana 7:56pm
6:54 (5:53) Beit Shemesh 7:55pm
6:55 (5:54) Rehovot 7:56pm
6:56 (5:54) Netanya 7:56pm
6:53 (5:53) Be'er Sheva 7:54pm
6:55 (5:53) Modi'in 7:55pm
6:38 (5:53) Petach Tikva 7:56pm
6:38 (5:52) Maale Adumim 7:53pm
6:55 (5:53) Ginot Shomron 7:55pm
6:54 (5:52) Gush Shiloh 7:54pm
6:54 (5:53) K4 & Hevron 7:54pm
6:54 (5:52) Giv'at Ze'ev 7:54pm
6:55 (5:53) Yad Binyamin 7:55pm
6:56 (5:54) Ashkelon 7:56pm
6:44 (5:52) Tzfat 7:55pm
NOTES: Note about Candle Lighting and Havdala times. Candle lighting times are rounded down to the minute, in other words, seconds are ignored. Havdala times, on the other hand, are round up to the next minute.
Further explanations and notes on Z'manim are available on the website www.ou.org/torah/tt - click on Halachic times
* Important clarifications concerning the Candle Lighting times
Petach Tikva officially accepts upon itself to light Shabbat candles according to the Jerusalem custom. (This is due to the fact that the Ashkenazi community of PT was founded by people from Jerusalem who brought their customs with them.) Up until this week, we understood that to mean that in PT one lights candles 40 minutes before sunset, just like we do in Jerusalem. We contacted the Religious Council in PT and found out that the official candle lighting time for PT is the same as Jerusalem's (not 40 min. before sunset, but the same time as J'lem). Petach Tikvians (or whatever they are called) must realize that their sunset is earlier than Jerusalem's and therefore they do NOT have 40 minutes after the posted time until sunset - more like 30-35. So too for Maale Adumim. They light candles at the same time as J'lem too. Sunset is also earlier in Maalei Adumim.
One of the rabbis from Ascent of Safed (that's Tzfat) told us that there are differing opinions concerning when Candle Lighting is there. All say 30 min. before sunset, but some say the sunset that does not take into account the elevation of Tzfat, and some say to use the sunset time that does take elevation into account. We print the earlier time, in case.
Halachic Zmanim and Shabbat times in Torah Tidbits are calculated by CHAZON SHAMAYIM, a computer program by R' Eitan Zakuni of Netivot. The latest version (beta), called HAZON NET is available as a free download on www.sky-view.co.il
Explanation of the Z'manim
Sunset, on the other hand, is given for an elevation of 825m and, in parentheses, as if at sea level. There are different opinions as to which sunset time should be used for halachic purposes. We present both times.
The deadlines for the SH'MA and the Shacharit Amida can be calculated in two ways. Either considering the day to be from sunrise to sunset or from dawn to stars out. The first way of reckoning is known as the opinion of the GR"A, and is the first time given in each case. The second method is known as the Magen Avraham, and is presented in parentheses.
Aside from candle lighting and havdala, the times are presented as a range, from the current Thursday of the issue of Torah Tidbits until the coming Thursday, a span of 8 days. Days between the two Thursdays can be determined by interpolation (which means: a method by which to estimate a value of between two known values-this is something that people above a certain age might remember from high school trigonometry and logarithms, but younger people who went to school during the calculator era might not be familiar with).
It is usually wise to "pad" the times with a minute or two in the "play it safe" direction. E.g. Plag Mincha. Better to finish Mincha a minute or two before the given time. But, better to not light candles until a minute or two after the given time.