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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:31 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:10 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:06 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:20 AM
Latest Shema:
10:07 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:40 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:04 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:23 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
3:21 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
4:14 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
4:47 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
11:40 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
46:27 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

In the first year of rule of Cyrus, the King of Persia, Jews were given permission to return to Israel and rebuild the Holy Temple. A group of Jews led by Zerubavel set out for Jerusalem and began working on the second Temple. However, the Cutheans falsely accused the Jews of plotting a rebellion against King Cyrus and were successful in halting the construction of the Holy Temple for the remainder of his reign and throughout the reign of Ahasuerus, his successor. Construction resumed in the second year of the reign of Darius, Ahasuerus's son, on the 24th of Kislev.

Laws and Customs

The eight-day festival of Chanukah begins tonight. In commemorartion of the miracle of the oil (see "Today in Jewish History" for Kislev 25) we kindle the Chanukah lights -- oil lamps or candles -- each evening for eight days, increasing the number of lights each evening. Tonight, the first night of Chanukah, we kindle one light. (In the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall; this evening, then, commences the 1st day of Chanukah).

On the 1st night of Chanukah, we recite three blessings before lighting; for text and audio of the blessings, click here.

For a more detailed guide to Chanukah lighting click here.

The lights—which ideally should be kindled soon after sunset—must burn for at least half an hour after nightfall. Learn more about the proper lighting time here.

For additional Chanukah observances, see Laws & Customs for tomorrow, Kislev 25.

Daily Thought

Never forget that your true place is a place of light. Even when you find yourself in the midst of darkness and sorrow, know that this is not your home.

Where is your home? Where does your true self live?

It lives absorbed within the very origin of light. From there, a glimmer of itself escapes and splashes below.

All it takes is that glimmer to transform the darkness, that it too should shine.