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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
3:46 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:34 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:32 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:05 AM
Latest Shema:
10:17 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:43 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:20 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:58 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:29 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:55 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:27 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:42 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
72:38 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Omer: Day 39 - Netzach sheb'Yesod
Tonight Count 40
Jewish History

In Rheims, France, the Chief-of-Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command signed the unconditional surrender documents for all German forces to the Allies, thus marking the official end of World War II in Europe.

The surrender took place following a fierce seven days of battles and truces across Europe.

Laws and Customs

Tomorrow is the fortieth 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 forty days, which are five weeks 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'Yesod -- "Humility in Connection"

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

They translate it as “The Bible,” or “The Law,” but that’s not what the word means. Torah means “instructions.”

Whatever piece of Torah you learn, you must find the instructions it is giving you. Instructions to you, here, now.