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Shabbat, October 6, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:21 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:59 AM
Earliest Tallit (Misheyakir):
6:49 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:39 AM
Latest Shema:
10:37 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:34 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:04 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
3:58 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
5:11 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
6:19 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:01 PM
Shabbat Ends:
12:34 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
58:12 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Laws and Customs

The Shabbat after Simchat Torah is Shabbat Bereishit -- "Shabbat of Beginning" -- the first Shabbat of the annual Torah reading cycle, on which the Torah section of Bereishit ("In the Beginning") is read.

The weekly Torah reading is what defines the Jewish week, serving as the guide and point of reference for the week's events, deeds and decisions; Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi called this "living with the times." Hence the theme and tone of this week is one of beginning and renewal, as we launch into yet another cycle of Torah life. The Rebbes of Chabad would say: "As one establishes oneself on Shabbat Bereishit, so goes the rest of the year."

Link: Beginnings

This Shabbat is also 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 Cheshvan, which falls on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the "moled", the new moon's "birth"

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

Daily Thought

Technology is not here simply to provide utility. It is also meant as a springboard to wonder, allowing us to conceive our reality in ways previously unimaginable.

Technology provides an ever-expanding bank of metaphor to crystallize the most abstract ideas into tangible forms.

Don’t think that this is a mere side benefit of technology. On the contrary, for this purpose these ideas were embedded into the universe from the six days of creation, only to unfold in our times.

Likkutei Sichos, vol. 15, pp. 42–48.