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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:23 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:06 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:59 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:20 AM
Latest Shema:
10:29 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:45 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:21 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:46 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:12 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:32 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:03 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:45 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
68:27 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Omer: Day 19 - Hod sheb'Tifferet
Tonight Count 20
Jewish History

The 4th of Iyar was observed by Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204) as a personal day of fasting and prayer. Maimonides recounts that when he and his family were fleeing Islamic persecution from Fez, Morocco to the Holy Land, their ship was caught in a fierce storm at sea. He cried out to G-d in prayer and vowed to fast each year on this date.

Laws and Customs

Tomorrow is the twentieth 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 twenty days, which are two weeks and six 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: Yesod sheb'Tifferet -- "Connection in Harmony"

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

Firm confidence in G‑d can perform miracles of healing. Nevertheless, you should still follow carefully the instructions of your doctor.

Not that it is the doctor or his medicine that heals
—it is the Healer of All Flesh who heals.

But the doctor and the medicine provide a natural channel for the healing to occur. Such is the way G‑d prefers His miracles to work—through the natural means that He has created.