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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:49 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:27 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:17 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:05 AM
Latest Shema:
10:03 AM
Latest Shacharit:
11:58 AM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
12:28 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
3:21 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
4:33 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
5:40 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
6:09 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
11:57 PM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
57:36 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

In the year 91 BCE, Alexander Yannai of the Hasmonean family succeeded his brother Yehuda Aristoblus to the throne of Judea. Alexander Yannai was a Sadducee who virulently persecuted the Pharisees. At one point during his bloody reign, following a victory he scored on a battlefield, he invited all the Torah scholars for a celebratory feast. During this feast he was slighted by one of the guests, which led him to execute all the Torah scholars in attendance.

A few of the sages managed to escape to the town of Sulukus in Syria. There, too, they encountered anti-Semitic enemies who murdered many of the exiled sages. The handful of surviving Torah scholars went in to hiding, finding refuge in the home of an individual named Zevadai. On the night of the 17th of Adar they escaped the hostile city of Sulukus.

Eventually these surviving scholars revived Torah Judaism. The date they escaped the clutches of death was established as a day of celebration.

Daily Thought

True happiness is the highest form of selflessness.

There, in that state, there is no sense of self—not even awareness that you are happy. True happiness is somewhere beyond “knowing.” Beyond self.

All the more so when you bring joy to others.