Friday, April 22, 2011

Pesah Calendar Stuff

We know that Pesah can only fall out on Shabbat, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday since לא בדו פסח.

We also know that the Siman for the Torah readings when Pesah falls out on Shabbat, Sunday, and Tuesday is (as mentioned in Megilla 31a) משך תורא, קדש בכספא, פסל במדברא, שלח בוכרא. When it falls out on Thursday, on the other hand, the Siman is משך תורא, פסל בקודשא, כסף במדברא, שלח בוכרא.

I haven't found a source for this, but it seems to me better to say "קדש בכספא, פסל במדברא" than to say "פסל בקודשא, כסף במדברא". The former could be explained to mean, "Sanctify Hashem with your money and only the Pesolet (waste) will be made Hefker (ownerless) in the desert." On the other hand, the latter could be explained to mean, "The holy things will become Pesolet and your money will be made Hefker in the desert." Obviously, the former sounds a lot better than the latter.

If this indeed is the correct explanation, it would seem to be more auspicious to NOT have Pesah fall out on a Thursday. (This is notwithstanding the well-known fact that Pesah fell out on a Thursday in the year of the Exodus itself.  There are ways of answering this difficulty.)

Here's a table of when Pesah had/will have fallen out from 5710-5810 (1950-2050):


19505710Su
19515711Sa
19525712ThFlood
19535713Tu
19545714Su
19555715Th
19565716Tu
19575717Tu
19585718Sa
19595719ThFlood
19605720Tu
19615721Sa
19625722Th
19635723TuDrought
19645724Sa
19655725Sa
19665726Tu
19675727Tu
19685728Sa
19695729ThFlood
19705730Tu
19715731Sa
19725732Th
19735733Tu
19745734Su
19755735Th
19765736Th
19775737Su
19785738Sa
19795739Th
19805740Tu
19815741Su
19825742Th
19835743Tu
19845744Tu
19855745Sa
19865746ThFlood
19875747Tu
19885748Sa
19895749Th
19905750TuDrought
19915751Sa
19925752Sa
19935753Tu
19945754Su
19955755Sa
19965756ThFlood
19975757Tu
19985758Sa
19995759Th
20005760Th
20015761Su
20025762Th
20035763Th
20045764Tu
20055765Su
20065766Th
20075767Tu
20085768Su
20095769Th
20105770TuDrought
20115771Tu
20125772Sa
20135773Tu
20145774Tu
20155775Sa
20165776Sa
20175777Tu
20185778Sa
20195779Sa
20205780ThFlood
20215781Su
20225782Sa
20235783Th
20245784Tu
20255785Su
20265786Th
20275787Th
20285788Tu
20295789Sa
20305790Th
20315791Tu
20325792Sa
20335793Th
20345794TuDrought
20355795Tu
20365796Sa
20375797Tu
20385798Tu
20395799Sa
20405800Th
20415801TuDrought
20425802Sa
20435803Sa
20445804Tu
20455805Su
20465806Sa
20475807ThFlood
20485808Su
20495809Sa
20505810Th

I marked any period of 4 or more years without a Pesah falling on Thursday a "Drought" and any period of 2 Pesahs falling on Thursday in a 4-year period or less a "Flood".  Notice that we're currently in the longest drought (10 years) in the century given, and we're in between 2 large floods.  This would seem to indicate an opportune time for a great Kiddush Hashem in the world.

See a similar post from 2 years ago here.

2 Comments:

At Tue Apr 26, 05:22:00 PM 2011, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

This is unrelated to your post, but I know that you are about to end your 8th day of Pesach. As you may well know there was a cold-blooded murder at Yosef's tomb on the morning of the last day of Chol HaMoed. The murdered victim at the hands of US trained PA police was Ben Yosef Livnat the nephew of Likud stalwart Limor Livnat and the grandson of one of the founders of the Irgun. He was 25 years old when he was murdered. Thank G-d the other seriously wounded davener will probably recover from his injuries.

The most striking thing about Ben Yosef is his name. Apparently over 25 years ago he had his brit milah at the tomb that he was murdered for visiting. Therefore not only does he have Yosef in his name, but apparently he was named after the Yosef who is buried in the tomb. He was a very holy soul. But something else happened 25 years ago when he was born. It was the year in which Yehonatan ben Malkah Pollard was arrested by American Federal authorities, and he has been spending time in prison ever since. If you can find out the exact date that Ben Yosef Livnat was born, it would be appreciated. Was it in November of 1985 when Pollard was arrested? Many of us were praying that Pollard could be released during Pesach based on a Yalkut Shimoni about Mashiach ben Yosef. Livnat's murder may have been G-d's unfortunate answer.

 
At Tue Apr 26, 08:50:00 PM 2011, Blogger Devorah said...

"He was named for Shlomo Ben-Yosef - the first Jewish fighter to be hanged by the British in 1938."

25-year-old Ben Yosef Livnat, who was murdered in the attack, is survived by his wife, four children, parents, and two siblings. A grandson of Lechi fighter Azriel Livnat and nephew of Science and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, he was named for Shlomo Ben-Yosef, was the first Jewish fighter to be hanged by the British, in 1938.

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