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Friday, April 06, 2012

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.


At Sun Apr 08, 03:56:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Nu, Mincha Gedolah of the 6th Millennium was of course Rosh Chodesh Av 5771. Perhaps that will allow us to see the expansion of the Geulah process starting perhaps right now so that by the 17th of Tamuz this year 5772 we will be in the thick of it?

Just something to think about while you are over there. Wo to the nation that tortures Yehonatan Pollard for 26 years and then allows him to, G-d forbid, die in jail. There is a Judge of the World. And He doesn't check out his sentence with the jury of public opinion, nor does he receive an extra-judicial memorandum from Caspar Weinberger before He hands out sentence. Nor does He appeal his case before two Jewish judges who decide what they are going to do in order to advance their careers.


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