My shul has asked me to compile an annual list of all days when "El Maleh" (prayer said for yahrtzeit) is omitted.

People in my shul know that it is said any day the Torah is read, meaning Mon., Thurs, and Shabbat mincha. Generally, El Maleh would be omitted on a day Tachanun is not said, or in the case of Shabbat mincha, it would include if Tachanun is omitted on the following day (e.g. Erev Rosh Hodesh.)

I need the lsit to include both the Hebrew and English date and the reason it is omitted (e.g. - Rosh Hodesh, Chanukah, during Nissan, etc.)

For the past few years, I created an Excel sheet and did this manually. I'd like to keep this in an easy to read list / column format such as Excel rather than in a calendar program such as Outlook.

I think Hebcal or MyZmanim can produce a list like this, but I'm not sure. I need something that, ideally, I can import into Excel, even if this involves some export / import / converting from a text format, etc.

Can someone recommend a program / method available that can do this?

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    Does it need to have preferences about certain days where some omit Tachanun and some don't (eg. Yom Yerushalayim)?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 1:28
  • @DoubleAA - Good question. I didn't consider that. It would be nice. But, if not, I can manually add those unusual exceptions.
    – DanF
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 1:38
  • If someone writes a script for you, say in python or perl, can you run it?
    – msh210
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 5:42
  • @msh210 - While I have heard of these 2 languages, I have no knowledge of either one to be able to run it unless I had fairly explicit instructions.
    – DanF
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 14:14
  • Here seems like a place to start for writing a program: hebcal.com/home/195/jewish-calendar-rest-api
    – andrewmh20
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 13:14


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