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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
3:13 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:11 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:15 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:00 AM
Latest Shema:
10:17 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:50 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”):
8:26 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
9:01 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:50 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
76:46 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh (1890-1954) was born in Hebron to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Na'eh, a Lubavitcher chassid and dean of the Magen Avot, a yeshiva founded by the S'dei Chemed. With the outbreak of World War One, the Turks, who controlled the Land of Israel at the time, expelled anyone who was not a Turkish citizen. Most of the exiled Jews, including Rabbi Avraham Chaim, gathered in Alexandria, Egypt. During his time there, Rabbi Avraham Chaim founded Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael and wrote the halachic work Shenot Chaim, a concise digest of halachah for Sephardic Jews. In 1918, he returned to Palestine to work for the Edah HaChareidit (a prominent Orthodox communal organization), under Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld.

Rabbi Na'eh best known for his halachic works Ketzot ha-Shulchan and Shiurei Torah ("measurements of the Torah"), in which he converted archaic halachic measurements into modern terms. Contemporary halachic authorities follow his measurements to this day.

Laws and Customs

During the Three Weeks, from 17th of Tamuz to the 9th of Av, we commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people.

Weddings and other joyful events are not held during this period; like mourners, we do not cut our hair, and various pleasurable activities are limited or proscribed. (The particular mourning customs vary from community to community, so consult a competent halachic authority for details.)

Citing the verse (Isaiah 1:27) "Zion shall be redeemed with mishpat [Torah] and its returnees with tzedakah," 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:
The Three Weeks

Daily Thought

There are sparks of light hidden in this world. Some you can find and liberate: When you “know G‑d in all your ways,” finding Him in whatever you do, those sparks jump out at you and their light is released.

But then there are sparks of such intensity that they had to be buried in the deepest bowels of the material realm and locked away in thick darkness.

These are sparks that no ordinary search could uncover: Your intellect has no power even to approach them. Your deeds could never dig that deep. Your eyes would be blinded by their brilliance and by the profundity of the darkness surrounding them.

The only tools you have to liberate those sparks are those that supersede your mind and your senses. These are the hidden powers that are revealed when your inner resolve is brought to the test.

This is the reason our generation is so challenged again and again: We are redeeming the final sparks of light.