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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
3:09 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:07 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:12 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
8:58 AM
Latest Shema:
10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:49 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:29 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
5:20 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:56 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
8:27 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
9:02 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:49 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
77:04 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

After the postilion (coach driver) of the governor killed the four-year-old son of a councilor, charges were lodged against a Jew named Michael Vinelmann, a former resident of Basel, alleging that he had promised the murderer three gulden for the blood of the child. The murderer was broken on the wheel, and the Jew burned alive without trial.

Shortly before, a similar accusation had been brought against the Jews of Schaffhausen and been successfully refuted. When news of Michael Vinelmann's fate was brought to Schaffhausen, several of the Jews of the city fled and were soon captured. They were taken back to Schaffhausen, where they were thrown into a dungeon and terribly tortured. Unable to endure the pain, they "confessed" to the crime of which they had been accused, whereupon all the Jews living in Schaffhausen were condemned to death. Thirty Jews were burned alive. Four weeks later, eighteen men and women died at the stake in Winterthur in a similar context.

Rabbi Yosef Trani, known as the Maharit (1568-1639), was born in Safed and married a descendant of Rabbi Yosef Cairo. When a plague broke out in Safed, he abandoned the city, but returned in 1594 to head a yeshivah. In 1604, he was appointed rabbi of Constantinople and, a few years later, leader of Turkish Jewry. He is renowned for his responsa published under the title Teshuvot Maharit.

Daily Thought

Fasting and punishing the body is not a path for our generation. Today, we must lift the body up, rather than beat it down.

Not only because most of us are too fragile to weaken our bodies any more. Not only because the faintness of hunger can interfere with your ability to do good in the world.

But principally because now has come the time to reveal the divine within our own sinews of flesh and blood.

And to do that, you must work with the body, according to its needs.