Best Wishes, Dear Readers On the Last Two Days of Passover 5775

April 9, 2015
The Passover by Marc Chagall, (1887-1985)

The Passover by Marc Chagall, (1887-1985)

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In observance of Passover, we will not be posting any articles on the last two days of Pesach, which start tonight,Thursday night, marked by candle lighting at 7:11PM, 18 minutes before sunset. We expect to resume posting on Saturday night after nightfall.

Chabad.org has a section of their site where you can look up the proper time for your city. You can also find to articles about the holiday and other topics to download, print and read during the first part of Passover, which lasts two days outside of Israel and consists of one day each at the beginning and end of Passover in Israel. Aish.com is also an excellent site for resources to enhance enjoyment of the holiday.

Chabad.org has an article which explores the reasons for the differences between the Jewish calendar of holidays in and out of the land of Israel. In Israel, Passover is seven days, with the first and seventh day observed with an abstention from work. Outside Israel, eight days of Passover are observed, with the first and last two days marked by an abstention from work. The evolution of the Jewish calendar involves a look at Jewish history, and also the reverence for our prophets and sages, whose decrees may not be overturned without a rabbinical court of equal or greater stature.

An article on Aish.com describes the psychological impact of a unifying family narrative, a body of stories that ties a family together. Stories people tell about themselves tend to express the values and self-image of the people transmitting the narrative. In a sense, the individual “family hagada, is a supplement to the collective narratives that tie a people together.

Tonight, the seventh night is when the people of Israel crossed the Reed Sea, which split in front of them, and closed upon the Egyptians who were in hot pursuit. It was by no means certain that this miracle would occur at the time. (No one had seen the movie) So crossing the Reed Sea was really a great act of faith.

May this holiday of Pesach be the last holiday on our calendar observed in exile, for our good and that of a suffering world.

 

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