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Shabbat, January 5, 2019

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:40 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:20 AM
Earliest Tallit (Misheyakir):
7:15 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:31 AM
Latest Shema:
10:18 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:51 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:16 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:36 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
3:35 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
4:28 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
5:15 PM
Shabbat Ends:
11:51 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
46:51 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

According to sources cited in Seder Hadorot, Tevet 28 is both the birthday and the day of passing of Shimon the son of Jacob; other sources place the date as Tevet 21. (See the entry for Tevet 21).

Shimon ben Shetach successfully completed the expulsion of the Sadducees (a sect which denied the Oral Torah and the authority of the Sages) who had dominated the Sanhedrin (Supreme Court), replacing them with his Torah-loyal Pharisaic disciples, on the 28th of Tevet of the year 3680 from creation (81 BCE).

Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson (1879 (O.S.) - 1964), mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was born on Tevet 28.

Link: A biography of Rebbetzin Chana

Laws and Customs

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim ("the Shabbat that blesses" the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh ("Head of the Month") of upcoming month of Shevat, which falls on Monday of next week.

Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the molad, the "birth" of the new moon. Click here for molad times.

It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrengens (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat.

Links: On the Significance of Shabbat Mevarchim; Tehillim (the Book of Psalms); The Farbrengen