Pesah Falls Out on Shabbat - First Time in 14 Years
For the first time in 14 years, the first day of Pesah falls out on Shabbat.
As noted by a comment from R' Dov Bar-Leib a few posts ago , this also means that:
1) Both Israel and the Diaspora will have a 2-day Yom Tov, but Israel will read Parshat Shemini and the Diaspora will have the 8th day.
2) Tish'a Be'av will fall out on Shabbat, but will be pushed off until Sunday.
Also, Rav Fish's latest email for Pesah (sorry, I didn't have time to translate it this week) says that by making the Eruv Tavshilin, it combines the 7th and 8th days of Pesah into one, which thereby makes Parshat Shemini as if it were the 8th day of Pesah even in Israel. See there also how both שבת היום and פסח היום separately add up to 772.
Rav Fish also notes something that I noted a year and a half ago:
If you look at the Mikdash Melech inside, he refers to the beginning of the fifth Perek of Pesahim (58a). The Mishna there says that when Erev Pesah falls out on Friday, the Korban Tamid of the afternoon is slaughtered at the 6½ hour (i.e. Minha Gedola). The gemara explains that biblically, that is when it should be slaughtered every day, but since the Tamid must be the last Korban brought, to allow more time for Nedarim and Nedavot (private voluntary offerings), it is normally pushed off by 2 hours. On an Erev Pesah that falls on Friday, however, since you need to allow for the time to both bring the Korban Pesah and roast it after the Tamid is brought, the rabbis pushed the Tamid's time up back to the 6½ hour.
Interestingly enough, the expression the Gemara uses to denote the biblical time for bringing the afternoon Tamid being at the 6½ hour is the following:
אלא אמר רבא מצותו דתמיד משינטו צללי ערב
which is a paraphrase of the verse in Yirmiya that is brought down by the Zohar. To me, this is strong evidence that the Zohar means the 6½ hour (Minha Gedola). And the Mikdash Melech agrees.
The way I see it, we are in Erev Pesah (i.e., the eve of the Final Redemption according to the great rabbis of our time) that falls out on Erev Shabbat (i.e., the 6th millennium) and we're quickly approaching Minha Gedola of that "day".
May the combination of Pesah and Shabbat help bring the Redemption earlier.
I wish all my readers a Hag Kasher VeSame'ah and Mo'adim Lesimha.