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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Fast of Tevet 10
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:39 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar) | Fast Begins:
6:18 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
7:15 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:29 AM
Latest Shema:
10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:48 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:12 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
2:31 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
3:29 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
4:22 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
4:54 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim) | Fast Ends:
11:48 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
46:22 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

On the 10th of Tevet of the year 3336 from Creation (425 BCE), the armies of the Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem. Thirty months later -- on Tammuz 17, 3338 -- the city walls were breached, and on Av 9th of that year, the Holy Temple was destroyed. The Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia for 70 years.

Laws and Customs

Tevet 10 is observed as a day of fasting, mourning and repentance, in remembrance of the siege of Jerusalem (see "Today in Jewish History"). We refrain from food and drink from daybreak to nightfall, and add the Selichot and other special supplements to our prayers. (More recently, Tevet 10 was chosen to also serve as a "general kaddish day" for the victims of the Holocaust, many of whose day of martyrdom is unknown.)

Link: More on Tevet 10

Daily Thought

Why not remain broken? When broken, you can achieve the highest heights. When you are nothing, you can receive everything.

Because you are not made only to receive. You must also face the real world and challenge its chutzpah over and over. To do that, you need supreme wholeness, as though you were Adam in the Garden before his fall.

And if you should say, “But it is impossible! It is beyond the capacity of a created being to be both something and nothing at once.”

You are right. It is impossible. That is precisely the advantage of the human being. That is why G‑d created you: To join heaven and earth, Nothingness and Being. To make the impossible a reality.