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Monday, September 17, 2018

Calendar for: Chabad of Westborough 54 South Street, Westborough, MA 01581   |   Contact Info
Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:59 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:38 AM
Earliest Tallit and Tefillin (Misheyakir):
6:29 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:32 AM
Latest Shema:
10:35 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:40 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:12 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:20 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
5:39 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
6:53 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:21 PM
Nightfall (Tzeit Hakochavim):
12:41 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
62:40 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Jewish History

The 14-day dedication festivities, celebrating the completion of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon, commenced on the 8th of Tishrei of the year 2935 from creation (826 BCE). The First Temple served as the epicenter of Jewish national and spiritual life for 410 year, until its destruction by the Babylonians in 423 BCE.

Links: The Holy Temple: an Anthology

Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Baruch, father of the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

Laws and Customs

The 10-day period beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur is known as the "Ten Days of Repentance"; this is the period, say the sages, of which the prophet speaks when he proclaims (Isaiah 55:6) "Seek G-d when He is to be found; call on Him when He is near." Psalm 130, Avinu Malkeinu and other special inserts and additions are included in our daily prayers during these days.

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 for today's three Psalms.

Chapter 109
Chapter 110
Chapter 111

Links: About the Ten Days of teshuvah; Voicemail; more on teshuvah

In certain communities, it is customary to perform the Tashlich ceremony today (if the day doesn't fall on Shabbat.)

Daily Thought

Every soul begins its journey as pure, lucid light. But once she enters this world, she may fall.

Even had the soul remained pure, the descent would still have been worthwhile. All the more so now that she has fallen.

True, she was meant to confine herself to the permissible; she would have enlightened that realm of the world, healed it and carried it upward.

But now that she has fallen, let her return to her true, inner self, and in doing so she will transform to light that which a pure soul would never have touched.