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Prayer and Preparation Schedules

FESTIVALS: PASSOVER FESTIVAL

PESAH, HAG HAMATZOT

Wednesday Eve, April 8 –Thursday, April 16

 

Passover Preparations

Search for Leaven

Tuesday Evening, April 7th

At night on Tuesday...............after sunset, 7:28 pm

 

Fast of First Born

Wednesday Morning, April 8th

Fast of First Born begins (Dawn)..................5:02 am

Sunrise........................................................6:27 am

Stop eating hametz by...............................10:48 am

Dispose of any remaining hametz by.........11:53 am

Erub Tabshilin Preparation*.........by sunset 7:29 pm

*Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Wednesday evening, the Erub in the form of some matzah and food prepared for the following Sabbath is set aside prior to the festival before sunset. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.

 

First & Second Days of Passover

FIRST TWO DAYS OF YOM TOB PESAH

First Day of Passover

Eve of the First Day, Wednesday, April 8th

Candles (18 min. before sunset)................7:11 pm

Begin the First Haggadah...................after 7:53 pm

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Second Day of Passover

Eve of the Second Day, Thursday, April 9th

1st Day Ends & Omer Counting..........after 7:54 pm

Candles & Second Haggadah.............after 7:54 pm

 

Pesah, Passover, or Hag HaMatzot, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, is observed in the middle of the month of Nisan, around the spring equinox, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. Hametz, leavened food, is searched for and removed prior to the holiday, and a Search for Hametz is made on the eve and morning of the 14th of Nisan. The 14th of Nisan, the day of the Biblical Paschal Sacrifice, is observed as a partial holiday and as the Fast of the Firstborn by some (attending a festive siyyum that morning obviates the need to fast), and by late morning all Jewish-owned hametz should be sold and hidden, or eliminated and nullified. The Paschal sacrifice was consumed on the Eve of the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Eve of the 15th of Nisan, which became our two-day Diaspora observance, with a Haggadah or Seder Recitation and Meal at home on the Eve of the 15th and the Eve of the 16th. The Biblical Hag HaMatsot lasts from the 15th until the 21st, with full Festival restrictions from work in effect on the First and Seventh Days. In the Diaspora the fully restricted days came to be the First Two as well as the Seventh and an additional Eighth Day, Nisan 22nd. The Intermediate Shabbat has all of the restrictions of Shabbat, but the other Intermediate Days have fewer restrictions. 

 

Omer Counting: The `Omer, the First Sheaf-bundle of Grain (Barley) Harvest Offering, was brought on  the Biblical Second Day, beginning the “`Omer” seven-week count to the First Wheat-Bread Offering on Day 50, which is Shabuot, the Feast of Weeks or  “Pentecost.”

 

Intermediate Shabbat of Passover 

SHABBAT HOL HAMOED PESAH

Eve of Shabbat, Friday, April 10th

Candles (18 min. before sunset)...........7:13 pm

Shabbat Day, Saturday, April 11th

Saturday Evening Habdala....................8:09 pm

 

 

Intermediate Weekdays of Passover 

HOL HAMOED PESAH

Sunday, April 12th-Tuesday April 14

 

Seventh & Eighth Days of Passover

FINAL TWO DAYS OF YOM TOB PESAH

Seventh Day of Pesah

Synagogue Consecration Anniversary: Mill Street Synagogue (1730)

Eve of 7th Day, Tuesday Eve, April 14th

Candles (18 min. before sunset)...................................7:17 pm

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Eighth & Last Day of Pesah

Eve of 8th Day, Wednesday Eve, April 15th

8th Day Festival Candle Lighting..............................after 8:00 pm

8th Day, Thursday, April 16th

 

8th Day Concluding Habdala.............................................8:01 pm

Do not consume hametz until ½ hour after Habdala..........8:31 pm

 

Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

1883
Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. 

1883