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Monday, August 13, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:11 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
4:56 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
5:52 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:19 AM
Latest Shema:
10:29 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:50 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:27 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:59 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:27 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:50 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:21 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:51 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
70:35 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

The first section of the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) authored by Rabbi Joseph Caro (1488-1575) was completed in the Holy Land on this date in 1555.

Laws and Customs

As the last month of the Jewish year, Elul is traditionaly a time of introspection and stocktaking -- a time to review one's deeds and spiritual progress over the past year and prepare for the upcoming "Days of Awe" of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

As the month of Divine Mercy and Forgiveness (see "Today in Jewish History" for Elul 1) it is a most opportune time for teshuvah ("return" to G-d), prayer, charity, and increased Ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew) in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to G-d. Chassidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi likens the month of Elul to a time when "the king is in the field" and, in contrast to when he is in the royal palace, "everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him, and he receives them all with a cheerful countenance and shows a smiling face to them all."

Specific Elul customs include the daily sounding of the shofar (ram's horn) as a call to repentance. The Baal Shem Tov instituted the custom of reciting three additional chapters of Psalms each day, from the 1st of Elul until Yom Kippur (on Yom Kippur the remaining 36 chapters are recited, thereby completing the entire book of Psalms). Click below to view today's Psalms.

Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6

Elul is also the time to have one's tefillin and mezuzot checked by an accredited scribe to ensure that they are in good condition and fit for use.

Links: More on Elul

Daily Thought

It all began with an unbounded light
that filled all and left no room for a world to be.

Then that light was withheld
so that the world might be created in the resulting void.

Then the world was created,
with the purpose of returning to that original state of light
—yet to remain a world.

That is something greater than unbounded light:
A dark world that shines, through our hard work.