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Monday, August 27, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:31 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:13 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:06 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:24 AM
Latest Shema:
10:32 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:47 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:22 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:44 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
6:09 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:29 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:58 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:48 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
67:32 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
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 46 Chapter 47 Chapter 48

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

How is G‑d a king? Does He wear purple robes? Does He sit upon a golden throne?

A king speaks and his word is fulfilled. G‑d speaks and the world comes into being. He is the author and we are the characters of His story.

Such a great author that His characters can speak back to Him, and discuss with Him the path His story must take.