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Shabbat, March 18, 2017

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Parah
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:25 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:03 AM
Earliest Tallit (Misheyakir):
6:53 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:51 AM
Latest Shema:
10:52 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:54 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:26 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:29 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
5:45 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
6:57 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:38 PM
Shabbat Ends:
12:53 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
61:00 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

"One year, most of Adar went by and it didn't rain. They sent for Choni the Circle Maker. He prayed and the rains didn't come. He drew a circle, stood in it and said: 'Master of The World! Your children have turned to me; I swear in Your great name that I won't move from here until You have pity on Your children.' The rains came down." (Talmud, Taanit 23a)

Adar 20 is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rabbi Yoel Sirkes (1560?-1640), Rabbi of Krakow and author of the Bayit Chadash ("Bach") commentary on the great Halachic work, the Arba'ah Turim.

Laws and Customs

The Torah reading of Parah (Numbers 19) is added to the weekly reading. Parah details the laws of the "Red Heifer" and the process by which a person rendered ritually impure by contact with a dead body was purified.

(When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, every Jew had to be in a state of ritual purity in time for the bringing of the Passover offering in the Temple. Today, though we're unable to fulfill the Temple-related rituals in practice, we fulfill them spiritually by studying their laws in the Torah. Thus, we study and read the section of Parah in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover.)

Links: The Parah reading w commentary
The Calf's Mother

Daily Thought

Why not remain broken? When broken, you can achieve the highest heights. When you are nothing, you can receive everything.

Because you are not made only to receive. You must also face the real world and challenge its chutzpah over and over. To do that, you need supreme wholeness, as though you were Adam in the Garden before his fall.

And if you should say, “But it is impossible! It is beyond the capacity of a created being to be both something and nothing at once.”

You are right. It is impossible. That is precisely the advantage of the human being. That is why G‑d created you: To join heaven and earth, Nothingness and Being. To make the impossible a reality.