Monday, April 9, 2012

Why Is This Passover Different From Most Other Passovers?

A quiz for you, or a חידון as they say in Hebrew.

Nu?  Do you know the answer or think you do?  Please answer in the comments.

This isn't a hint, just a mess, sorry.

5 comments:

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

Is it because it's an "8-day" Pesach even in eretz Yisrael, because the 7 days ends on Friday, with no time to turn over to chametz before Shabbos starts???

Batya said...

Jennifer, yes, exactly. The only difference is that in Israel, since Shabbat isn't Pesach Ashkenazim and Morocans and others who don't eat kitniyot, gebrochts etc can do so on Shabbat.

Sabba Hillel said...

It is interesting that this is the first time in 14 years that you will have to make "eruv tavshilin" since normally you do not have a yom tov on a Friday (followed by Shabbat). Normally, yom tov is on Thursday so that we in the galut have to make eruv tavshilin (on Wednesday) while you have a yom chol in between.

It is also unusual to have such a large break in between years that have Pesach starting on Friday. According to Torah Tidbits, the last time for such a large gap was the time of the Vilna Gaon.

This is also an unusual situation in which you have Shabbat of Parshas Shmini while we have a Yom Tov so that Shmini is the following Shabbat. As a result we get out of sync. Shmini is now read (or parts of it) eight times in Chutz La'Aretz. while you read it five times.

Sabba Hillel said...

I meant Pesach stated Friday night so that the last day of Pesach is on Friday.

The first day of Pesach can never be Friday in the fixed calendar. The first day of Pesach can be Thursday so that we need "eruv tavshilin" while you have the yom chol in between.

Batya said...

Sabba Hillel, thanks so much! I'm especially glad that you mentioned the Erev Tavshilin. Thanks again.