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04/23/2019 09:57:24 PM


Sam Shnider

The seventh day of Passover (Shvi'i shel Pesach) is celebrated on Friday and Saturday, with Yizkor at the conclusion of services on Saturday.

The final days of the Passover holiday celebrate the completion of the festival of unleavened bread, (matzot), also known as Hag HaAviv (the festival of spring), see Leviticus 23:10-11:

10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you...Read more...

Word of Wisdom; Pesach

04/16/2019 09:48:28 PM


Sam Shnider

This week is the week of Passover, which begins on Friday night, and
continues for seven full days, until next weekend (yizkor will be on
Saturday the 27th).

The night of the Seder has been a night observed in every generation
of the Jewish people, in communities across the world, each with its
own customs. While the Seder is a night traditionally planned long in
advance, with its designated guests, and it insular...

April 12, 2019

04/09/2019 04:23:20 PM


Sam Shnider

This week is the week before Passover, and this Shabbat is referred to as “Shabbat Hagadol” (The Great Shabbat). Why is this Shabbat called Shabbat Hagadol? The truth is that no one knows for certain. The naming of this Shabbat is one of those particular Jewish customs that have multiple explanations, and none that is final and authoritative.

One important reason is that the reading for this Shabbat, from the end of the prophecy...Read more...

Words of Wisdom

04/03/2019 12:21:43 PM


Sam Shnider

This week we have a special trifold occasion of Rosh Hodesh, the new
moon, the new year in biblical counting (which begins in the spring
month of Nissan), and the imminent approach of Passover, which we all
prepare for in our own ways.

We read from three different Torah scrolls this week: the first, for
the weekly portion of Parashat Tazria, Leviticus 12:1 - 13:59, the
second in Numbers 28, 9-14, for the new moon,...

Words of Wisdom

03/18/2019 05:35:56 PM


Purim is one of the happiest days in the Jewish calendar:

For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. In every province and every city, wherever the king's edict and decree reached, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating.   Esther 8:16-17.

This joy, and the spirit of rejoicing, is the basis of the holiday that is always...Read more...

Wed, April 24 2019 19 Nisan 5779