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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:17 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:54 AM
Earliest Tallit (Misheyakir):
6:45 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:37 AM
Latest Shema:
10:37 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:35 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:05 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:03 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
5:17 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
6:26 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:08 PM
Holiday Ends:
12:35 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
59:08 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Simchat Torah
Laws and Customs

Today is Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah"), on which we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah reading cycle. The event is marked with great rejoicing, and the "hakafot" procession, held both on the eve and morning of Simchat Torah, in which we march and dance with Torah scrolls around the reading table in the synagogue. In the words of the Chassidic saying, "On Simchat Torah, we rejoice in the Torah, and the Torah rejoices in us; the Torah, too, wants to dance, so we become the Torah's dancing feet."

During today's Torah reading, everyone, including children under the age of Bar Mitzvah, is called up to the Torah; thus the reading is read numerous times, and each aliyah is given collectively to many individuals, so that everyone should recite the blessing over the Torah on this day.

Links: Torah in the Winter; Dancing with the Torah; Love, Marriage and Hakafot; A Crown of Slippers

Vzot Haberachah (Deuteronomy 33-34)

Daily Thought

Joy is an overflowing, an explosion.

Something enters a person’s life for which he could never be prepared, and his previously tidy self erupts in song, dance and joy.

Approach the divine with a calculated mind, and there is no window for joy. Embrace the infinite beyond mind, and let joy surprise you.