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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:24 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:07 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:01 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:22 AM
Latest Shema:
10:31 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:48 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:24 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:50 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:16 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:37 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
8:07 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:49 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
68:39 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

In 1522, Rabbi Yosef Caro started writing the Beit Yosef, his famous commentary on the Arba Turim, Yaakov Ben Asher’s comprehensive Halachic code. He started writing this commentary in Adrianople, Turkey, and continued for the next twenty years, during which time he relocated to Safed, Israel. He completed the monumental work on the 11th of Elul. It took another ten years for the writings to be published.

Marriage of the fifth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab", 1860-1920), to Rebbetzin Shterna Sarah Schneerson (1860-1942).

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 31 Chapter 32 Chapter 33

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

In every journey of the children of Israel in the wilderness, they set up the Tabernacle and made all their offerings.

Which teaches you that in every journey of your life you must be where you are.

It may seem that you are only passing through on your way to somewhere else—but in truth there is purpose in wherever you are right now.