1 Nissan (March 16-17) - Shabbat Vayikra, Rosh Chodesh, Torah
Reading: Lev. 1:1-5:26, 7th for Rosh Chodesh Num. 28:9-15; Maftir
HaChodesh: Ex. 12:1-20; Haftorah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 (for Shabbat
HaChodesh as its beginning mentions both Rosh Chodesh Nissan and the
Rosh Chodesh Nissan - "Day of Ten Crowns". First opportunity
for the Blessing on blossoming fruit trees (see Siddur - special sheet
on this blessing available at our site, click here)
8 Nissan (March 23-24) - Shabbat Tzav, Shabbat HaGadol, Torah
Reading: Lev. 6:1-8:36; Haftorah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9; 22, 23. In
the afternoon, hear the Rabbi's special talk and read
the Haggada from "Avadim hayinu" (We were slaves")
until "asher nisba l'avoteinu" ("which He swore to
11 Nissan (March 27) Birthday of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson,
the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1902-94).
13 Nissan (March 29) Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Caro, (1488-1575)
the author of "the Shulchan Aruch", the Code of Jewish Law,
and the Tzemach Tzedek, (1789-1866) the third Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Bedikat (search for) Chametz at night by candle
14 Nissan (March 30) Day Time: Erev Pesach - Birthday of Maimonides
and the Maharal.
Burn the chametz before five hours after sunrise (ask your local rabbi
for exact times and details)
14 Nissan Evening:
Seder Night. This year the Seder
will take place on Friday evening, March 30th [plus Motsei Shabbat
- Saturday evening, March 31st outside of Israel]. Be sure to eat
a big piece of matzah (½ a handmade round one or all of a square
machine one) within a short time after saying the blessings (if you
don't talk until you finish eating your matzah, the times shouldn't
be a problem). The same requirements apply for the afikomen matzah
at the end of the meal too. Each of the four cups of wine should also
be drunk quickly, in a few successive swallows. If the required four
cups is too much, you can dilute your kosher-for-Passover wine with
some kosher-for-Passover grape juice. It is preferable to have a percentage
of wine in all the cups than to have some cups all juice and some
15 Nissan (April 1) First Day of Passover. Torah Reading: (Ex.
12:21-51, Haftorah: Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27); Morning Prayer:
Last time to mention Geshem (rain) in the Amidah; change at Musaf
to Tal (Dew). Saturday nite: beginning of the counting of the Omer.
16 Nissan (April 1-2) Second day of Passover outside of Israel
16-20 Nissan (April 1-5) Chol HaMoed --"Intermediate"
Days of Passover
21 Nissan (Thursday nite April 5-Friday April 4) Seventh (and
in Israel last) Day of Passover. Torah reading: Ex.13:17-15:26; Haftora:
** Samuel 22:1-51.
Mashiach Seuda: A chassidic custom for one more matzah-munching
meal in the final hours of Passover instituted by the Ba'al Shem Tov
himself. Add four more cups of wine to do it Chabad-style. (Outside
of Israel the Mashiach Seuda is held on the fololowing day, Shabbat,
which is the 8th day of Passover this year).
22 Nissan (Apr.6-7) Shabbat Shmini; Torah Reading: [in Israel]
Lev. 9:1-11:47; Haftara: Samuel II 6:1-7:17; Pirkei Avot (after Mincha)
Outside of Israel, eight and last day of Passover. Torah Reading:
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17; Haftora: Isaiah 10:32-12:6
29 Nissan (April 13-14) Shabbat Tazriya-Metsorah, Torah Reading:
Leviticus 12:1-15:33; Haftora: I Samuel 20:18-42.
Outside of Israel Shabbat Shmini.
30 Nissan (April 15) First day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar.
Yahrzeit of Rabbi Chaim Vital and Tsfat Liberation Day.
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MAY YOU HAVE A LIBERATING MONTH OF NISSAN!