Sunday, May 19th, 2019 = 14 Iyar 5779

In response to the plea of persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on 14 Nisan , God established the 14th of Iyar as a “second Passover” (Pesach sheini) for anyone who was unable to bring the offering on its appointed time in the previous month.

Second Pesach – Omer: 29th day – Chessed chebeHod Tonight count 30

A year after the Exodus, the Elohim instructed the people of Israel to bring the Passover offering on the afternoon of Nissan 14, and to eat it that evening, roasted over the fire, together with matzah and bitter herbs, as they had done on the previous year just before they left Egypt.

“There were, however, certain persons who had become ritually impure through contact with a dead body, and could not, therefore, prepare the Passover offering on that day. They approached Moses and Aaron … and they said:

‘…Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present G-d’s offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?'” (Numbers 9).

In the time of the Temple, the Second Pesach (Pesach Sheini) was celebrated by a man who could not – because of his impurity or his remoteness – bring the paschal offering during Pesach. A second chance to eat the sacrifice was given to him a month later, the night after the 14th Iyar. (Numbers 9,6-14.)

In our day of no longer offering sacrifices, we commemorate the Second Pesach by eating matsa. (Rabbi Menachem Schneerson (1948), Iguerot Kodech, vol 2, p 352, Rabbi Israel Chaim Friedman (1900), Likutei Mahariach, vol 3, p 42b.)

One of the themes of the Second Pesach is the repair of the mistakes of the past. (Read about it in A New Chance for Spiritual Progress.)

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