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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:38 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:17 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:14 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:27 AM
Latest Shema:
10:14 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:46 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:10 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:29 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
3:27 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
4:20 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
4:52 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
11:46 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
46:16 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Laws and Customs

Once a month, as the moon waxes in the sky, we recite a special blessing called Kiddush Levanah, "the sanctification of the moon," praising the Creator for His wondrous work we call astronomy.

Kiddush Levanah is recited after nightfall, usually on Saturday night. The blessing is concluded with songs and dancing, because our nation is likened to the moon—as it waxes and wanes, so have we throughout history. When we bless the moon, we renew our trust that very soon, the light of G‑d's presence will fill all the earth and our people will be redeemed from exile.

Though Kiddush Levanah can be recited as early as three days after the moon's rebirth, the kabbalah tells us it is best to wait a full week, till the seventh of the month. Once 15 days have passed, the moon begins to wane once more and the season for saying the blessing has passed.

Links:

Brief Guide to Kiddush Levanah: Thank G‑d for the Moon!
More articles on Kiddush Levanah from our knowledgebase.

Daily Thought

Our world today is built upon the foundations of two similar cultures: the Jewish and the Greek. Both treasured the world of ideas.

Yet, to this day, they represent two worldviews, still locked in battle.

To this day, we struggle: Does human dignity mean that our minds are the measure of all things?

Or does it mean to be in the divine image, inextricably bound up with the Infinite that lies beyond the mind?

The Greeks reached the pinnacle of intellect at their time. Their ideal was a world built upon the human mind.

But the Jewish people had experienced a deeper reality, indescribable and inexplicable. They understood that a world built on human reason alone could not stand.

The Greek conquerors rose, fell and vanished. The Jewish people still stand strong.

And so, we light candles on Chanukah. Not light to see by. Not light for any use at all. Pure light.

Light that is forever.