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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:23 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:06 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:00 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:22 AM
Latest Shema:
10:31 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:49 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:24 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:51 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:17 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:38 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:08 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:49 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
68:52 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

On the 10th of Elul of the year 1656 from creation (2105 BCE), as the Great Flood neared its end, Noah opened the window of the Ark and dispatched a raven to determine if the flood waters had begun to recede (Genesis 8:1; Rashi). For a discussion of the deeper significance of this event, see The Window

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.

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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

The Baal Shem Tov taught that each of our lives is comprised of forty-two journeys, corresponding to the forty-two journeys of the children of Israel in the wilderness.

Some of those journeys have pleasant names. Others don’t sound so nice. Some even appear to backtrack. Yet, in truth, none are inherently bad.

It is only that you may have to dig deeper and yet deeper to find the purpose and the good within them.