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Friday, April 21, 2017

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for San Francisco, CA 94103
4:57 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:36 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:26 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:45 AM
Latest Shema:
10:53 AM
Latest Shacharit:
1:08 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:43 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
5:06 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:31 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:33 PM
Candle Lighting:
7:51 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:19 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
1:07 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
67:46 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Omer: Day 10 - Tifferet sheb'Gevurah
Tonight Count 11
Events for Chabad of S. Francisco
7:00am
Shacharis - Daily morning services (Shacharit)
7:00pm
The Impossible Spy: The Life and Story of Eli Cohen
An evening with Avraham Cohen

Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm

Kabbalat shabbat, followed by shabbat dinner and lecture

Rsvp $40 includes gourmet shabbat dinner.

Israel’s most famous spy, Eli Cohen, successfully entered the upper echelons of the Syrian government as an undercover Mossad agent. The secrets he obtained proved crucial to Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War. Eli’s only surviving brother, Avraham, will share a behind the scenes glimpse into Eli’s story, and the ongoing struggle to have Eli’s remains returned to Israel.
Laws and Customs

Tomorrow is the eleventh day of the Omer Count. Since, on the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall of the previous evening, we count the omer for tomorrow's date tonight, after nightfall: "Today is eleven days, which are one week and four days, to the Omer." (If you miss the count tonight, you can count the omer all day tomorrow, but without the preceding blessing).

The 49-day "Counting of the Omer" retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Tonight's Sefirah: Netzach sheb'Gevurah -- "Ambition in Restraint"

The teachings of Kabbalah explain that there are seven "Divine Attributes" -- Sefirot -- that G-d assumes through which to relate to our existence: Chessed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut ("Love", "Strength", "Beauty", "Victory", "Splendor", "Foundation" and "Sovereignty"). In the human being, created in the "image of G-d," the seven sefirot are mirrored in the seven "emotional attributes" of the human soul: Kindness, Restraint, Harmony, Ambition, Humility, Connection and Receptiveness. Each of the seven attributes contain elements of all seven--i.e., "Kindness in Kindness", "Restraint in Kindness", "Harmony in Kindness", etc.--making for a total of forty-nine traits. The 49-day Omer Count is thus a 49-step process of self-refinement, with each day devoted to the "rectification" and perfection of one the forty-nine "sefirot."

Links:
How to count the Omer
The deeper significance of the Omer Count

Daily Thought

The paradigm of all obstacles is the Sea of Reeds. Only six days earlier the children of Israel had fled their slavery, but now an impasse stood before them, with Pharaoh and his army charging from behind.

But the greatest of barriers turned into the greatest of miracles. Not only did the sea become an ambush for the enemy, but also a path that led the children of Israel to their ultimate freedom.

So it is with every obstacle. When you’re out to do the right thing, the entire world is there to assist you—including the most formidable threats, the most impossible challenges. The bigger they are, the more impossible to traverse, the greater the miracle they will provide.

That is the true reality of everything in this world: to serve you on your mission. What is your mission? To make this world miraculous.

And obstacles are miracles waiting to happen.