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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
5:00 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:38 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:28 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:11 AM
Latest Shema:
10:07 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:59 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:28 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
3:16 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
4:26 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
5:32 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
6:00 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
11:59 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
55:58 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

Rabbi Judah ben Bezalel Lowe, known as the Maharal of Prague was famous among Jews and non-Jews alike. He was a mystic who was revered for his holiness and Torah scholarship, as well as his proficiency in mathematics, astronomy, and other sciences. Eventually, word of his greatness reached the ears of Emperor Rudolph II.

The Emperor invited the Maharal to his castle on February 23, 1592. There they conversed for one and a half hours, and developed a mutual respect for each other.

Rabbi Judah Lowe made use of his excellent connections with the Emperor, often intervening on behalf of his community when it was threatened by anti-Semitic attacks or oppression.

Link: Rabbi Judah Lowe of Prague, The Maharal

Daily Thought

The last written work of the Rebbe before his stroke centered on the following thought. The Rebbe personally handed a copy to thousands of people. I believe it is a summary of who we are and what we must do:

Self-sacrifice in a land of freedom penetrates to the bone.

I saw men and women who sacrificed all they had to defy the religious persecution of the Bolshevik regime. They came to a land of freedom and comfort—where is their greatness now?

Then there is the child of that land of freedom and comfort, worshipping it, chasing after it—but inside he is crushed by the spiritual void. His inner being does not let him alone, the spark inside that cries, “This is not what I truly want! I don’t want this world! I don’t want any worlds! All I want is Him alone!”

This is the crushing of an olive for its oil. The oil spreads and penetrates every fiber of his being. His every faculty begins to burn. And there shines the source of light that can never be extinguished nor dimmed.

It is the light from which the messianic era is formed.