Although sometimes overlooked, the last two festive days are rife in meaning and observances. The Seventh day of Pesach (Shv’i Shel Pesach) this year beginning Thursday night, is the day G-d split the Sea of Reeds and our ancestors truly achieved freedom. As the splitting of the Sea began at midnightand continued throughout the night, many have the custom after the festive meal to remain awake the entire night learning Torah topics having to do with the splitting of the sea.
The last day of Passover (Acharon Shel Pesach) is this Friday night until Saturday night. During the morning services on this day we read a special Haftorah (reading from the prophets) which discusses the future redemption of the Jewish people which will happen when the Messiah comes. For that reason, many Hasidic communities have a custom of eating a special meal in the afternoon, dedicated to discussing this topic. At the conclusion of Passover, we make Havdalah. (although usually wine is preferable to use, after Passover many use beer, as we weren’t able to drink it the whole week, it is now more desirable to us than wine).
If anyone would like to join us for dinner Thursday night, we would be happy for you to join us.
This Saturday, we will be having Shabbat/Pesach morning services which will include Yizkor. Services will be at 10:00, and Yizkor will be at 12 noon, followed by a Kiddush lunch. We would love to see you! Please let us know if you would like to attend.
Wishing you and your Families a Happy Passover,
Rabbi Akiva Hall