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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:35 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
6:12 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:03 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:44 AM
Latest Shema:
10:40 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:31 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:59 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
3:46 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
4:55 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
6:00 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
6:29 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:31 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
55:27 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

The life and influence of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel, known by the acronym "Rosh", straddled the two great spheres of the Jewish diaspora of his time, the Ashkenazic (Franco-German) and the Sephardic (Spanish-Mediterranean) communities. Born approximately 1250 in Western Germany, Rabbi Asher studied under the famed Tosaphist Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, fathered eight sons, and authored one of the earliest codifications of Jewish law. In mid-life he fled the persecutions of medieval Christian Europe, settling in Spain where Jews prospered materially and Jewish learning flourished in the Spanish Golden Age.

Though a penniless exile and newcomer, Rabbi Asher's genius and erudition quickly earned him a position of prestige and influence. In 1304 he was invited to to serve as the spiritual leader of the Jews of Toledo, where he established a Talmudic academy and transplanted the Ashkenazic Tosaphists' system of Talmudic interpretation and analysis. He also introduced the traditionalism and piety of the early Ashkenazic "Chassidim" (reversing the secularist trends in certain segments of Sephardic Jewry).

Rabbi Asher passed away in Toledo on Cheshvan 9 of the year 5088 from creation (1327 of the Common Era).

Daily Thought

It is not just you alone in exile. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the generations of their children, as well all the heavenly host—in fact, the entire creation—all is unfulfilled, in exile and imprisoned.

Even the Creator Himself locks Himself into prison along with His creation.

At every turn, light awaits you to release it from its prison. And with it, the entire world.

15 Shevat 5741:5.