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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:39 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:20 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:12 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:27 AM
Latest Shema:
10:34 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:47 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:22 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:42 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:05 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:23 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:53 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:47 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
66:38 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Omer: Day 11 - Netzach sheb'Gevurah
Tonight Count 12
Jewish History

Joshua (1355-1245 BCE), who assumed the leadership of the people of Israel after Moses' passing (see Jewish History for the 5th of Adar) and led them into the Holy Land (see Jewish History for the 10th of Nissan), passed away on Nissan 26. He passed away at the age of 110, in the 28th year of his leadership. He was buried in his own estate in Timnat-Serach, in Mount Ephraim.

Links:
Brief Biography of Joshua
More on Joshuah

Laws and Customs

Tomorrow is the twelvth day of the Omer Count. Since, on the Jewish calendar, the day begins at nightfall of the previous evening, we count the omer for tomorrow's date tonight, after nightfall: "Today is twelve days, which are one week and five days, to the Omer." (If you miss the count tonight, you can count the omer all day tomorrow, but without the preceding blessing).

The 49-day "Counting of the Omer" retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer; the 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Tonight's Sefirah: Hod sheb'Gevurah -- "Humility in Restraint"

The teachings of Kabbalah explain that there are seven "Divine Attributes" -- Sefirot -- that G-d assumes through which to relate to our existence: Chessed, Gevurah, Tifferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod and Malchut ("Love", "Strength", "Beauty", "Victory", "Splendor", "Foundation" and "Sovereignty"). In the human being, created in the "image of G-d," the seven sefirot are mirrored in the seven "emotional attributes" of the human soul: Kindness, Restraint, Harmony, Ambition, Humility, Connection and Receptiveness. Each of the seven attributes contain elements of all seven--i.e., "Kindness in Kindness", "Restraint in Kindness", "Harmony in Kindness", etc.--making for a total of forty-nine traits. The 49-day Omer Count is thus a 49-step process of self-refinement, with each day devoted to the "rectification" and perfection of one the forty-nine "sefirot."

Links:
How to count the Omer
The deeper significance of the Omer Count

Daily Thought

Great things are not what is demanded from our generation. The previous generations did all that for us. We need only do the small things—but in a more difficult time.

For us, self-sacrifice could mean nothing more than a simple change of habit for the good, or a quiet act of restraint to avoid the ugly.

In a maddening, rushed world, small battles make mighty victories. Try and you will see.