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Shabbat, September 8, 2018

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Halachic Times (Zmanim)
Times for Westborough, MA 01581
4:48 AM
Dawn (Alot Hashachar):
5:28 AM
Earliest Tallit (Misheyakir):
6:19 AM
Sunrise (Hanetz Hachamah):
9:29 AM
Latest Shema:
10:34 AM
Latest Shacharit:
12:43 PM
Midday (Chatzot Hayom):
1:17 PM
Earliest Mincha (Mincha Gedolah):
4:31 PM
Mincha Ketanah (“Small Mincha”):
5:52 PM
Plag Hamincha (“Half of Mincha”):
7:08 PM
Sunset (Shkiah):
7:51 PM
Shabbat Ends:
12:44 AM
Midnight (Chatzot HaLailah):
64:47 min.
Shaah Zmanit (proportional hour):
Laws and Customs

During the summer months, from the Shabbat after Passover until the Shabbat before Rosh Hashahah, we study a weekly chapter of the Talmud's Ethics of the Fathers ("Avot") each Shabbat afternoon. This week, we conclude this year's study cycle with the study of Chapters Five and Six.

Links: Ethics of the Fathers, Chapter 5 and Chapter 6

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 82 Chapter 83 Chapter 84

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 words of Torah we speak resonate in the heavens. And yet higher. For they are His words, on the rebound to Him.

On Rosh Hashanah, we say His words that recall His affection for our world;

He speaks them too, turning His attention back towards our earthly plane.

On Rosh Hashanah, we cry out from our very essence with the call of the shofar; He echoes back, throwing His very essence inward towards His creation.

Together, man and G‑d rebuild creation.