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Monday, May 1, 2017

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:00 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:45 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:42 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:10 AM
Latest Shema:
10:21 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:43 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:20 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:53 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:22 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:46 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:17 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:43 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
71:06 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Omer: Day 20 - Yesod sheb'Tifferet
Tonight Count 21
Jewish History

The British mandate to govern the Holy Land expired on Friday, May 14, 1948. A United Nations resolution passed six months earlier endorsed the establishment of a Jewish state in the biblical homeland of the Jewish people. That afternoon, the state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv. The date -- Iyar 5 on the Jewish calendar -- is celebrated in Israel as the Israeli "Independence Day."

Laws and Customs

“The Sages of old instituted, yet in the times of the Holy Temple, that thirty days before the onset of a holiday the teachers should begin publicly instructing the masses regarding the laws of the holiday; e.g. from Purim and onwards to teach the laws of Passover, and from the 5th of Iyar and onwards to teach the laws of Shavuot” (Shulchan Aruch Harav 429:1).

Tomorrow is the twenty-first 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 twenty-one days, which are three weeks, 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: Malchut sheb'Tifferet -- "Receptiveness in Harmony"

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

Our souls are the windows through which the world is filled with light, pores through which it breathes, channels to its supernal source./p>

There is no function more vital to our universe, nothing more essential to its fulfillment, since for this it was formed.

When we do good, speak words of kindness and teach wisdom, those windows open wide.
When we fail, they cloud over and shut tight.

Such a shame, this loss of light, this lost breath of fresh air! A stain can be washed away, but a moment of life, how can it be returned?

Iggeret HaTeshuva, chapter 1. V’Avraham Zaken, 5738.