5 Nissan (March 31-April 1) - Shabbat Vayikra, Torah Reading:
Lev. 1:1-5:26; Haftorah: Isaiah 43:21-28, 44:1-23
11 Nissan (April 7) Birthday of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson,
the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1902-94).
12 Nissan (April 7-8) 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
13 Nissan (April 9) 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 (April 10) 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 Monday evening, April 10th [plus Tuesday evening,
April 11th 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 all wine.
15 Nissan (April 11) 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). Tuesday nite: beginning of the counting of the Omer.
16 Nissan (April 11-12) Second day of Passover outside of Israel
16-20 Nissan (April 12-16) Chol HaMoed --"Intermediate"
Days of Passover
21 Nissan (Sunday nite April 16-Monday April 17) 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.
22 Nissan (Apr.17-18) Outside of Israel, eight and last day
of Passover. Torah Reading: Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17; Haftora: Isaiah
26 Nissan (April 21-22) Shabbat Shmini; Torah Reading: Lev.
9:1-11:47; Haftara: Samuel II 6:1-7:17; Pirkei Avot (after Mincha)
30 Nissan (April 22) First day of Rosh Chodesh Iyar.
Yahrzeit of Rabbi Chaim Vital and Tsfat Liberation Day
MAY WE ALL HAVE A LIBERATING SPRING MONTH OF NISSAN!