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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
3:32 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:25 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:27 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:07 AM
Latest Shema:
10:22 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:52 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:31 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
5:16 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:50 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
8:18 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:52 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:52 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
75:04 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

After nearly a month of fierce fighting inside Jerusalem (see "Today in Jewish History" for Tammuz 9), the armies of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia broke through into the Temple compound, where they feasted and vandalized until the afternoon of Av 9, when they set the Holy Temple aflame.

Links: The Destruction of the Holy Temple

Laws and Customs

During the “Nine Days" from Av 1st to the Ninth of Av, we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple. We abstain from meat and wine, music, haircutting, bathing for pleasure, and other joyous (and dangerous) activities. (The particular mourning customs vary from community to community, so consult a competent halachic authority for details.)

Consumption of meat and wine is permitted on Shabbat, or at a seudat mitzvah (obligatory festive meal celebrating the fulfillment of certain mitzvot) such as a brit (circumcision), or a siyum celebrating the completion of a course of Torah study (i.e., a complete Talmudic tractate). The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory initiated the custom of conducting or participating in a siyum on each of the Nine Days (even if one does not avail oneself of the dispensation to eat meat).

Citing the verse "Zion shall be redeemed with mishpat [Torah] and its returnees with tzedakah," (Isaiah 1:27) the Rebbe urged that we increase in Torah study (particularly the study of the laws of the Holy Temple) and charity during this period.

Links:
Nine Days laws and customs
Daily live siyum broadcasts
Learn about the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

Daily Thought

Despair is a cheap excuse for avoiding one’s purpose in life.

And a sense of purpose is the best way to avoid despair.