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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
15 Shevat - New Year for Trees
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:30 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:08 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:01 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:28 AM
Latest Shema:
10:18 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:00 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:26 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:58 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
4:01 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
5:00 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
5:30 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
11:59 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
50:37 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Laws and Customs

Today is Tu B'Shevat ("the 15th of Shevat") which marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Legally, the "New Year for Trees" relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. We mark the day by eating fruit, particularly from the "Seven Kinds" that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates). On this day we remember that "Man is a tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19) and reflect on the lessons we can derive from our botanical analogue.

For more on Tu B'Shevat go here

Daily Thought

One who has all the answers is not even a fool.

A fool at least asks a question.