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Yom Rishon shel Pesach

Yom Rishon shel Pesach

1st Day of Passover
Holidays
Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10

The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from dependents. - Exodus 12:37

Summary: 

We read that a “mixed multitude” of people fled Egypt with the Israelites. With no time to wait, they took the cakes from their oven before they had time to rise. By God’s mighty hand, our ancestors fled the house of bondage and were brought to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” As a reminder of God’s redemption, we are instructed to eat only unleavened bread during Passover. Furthermore, the text tells us to explain to our children, “It is because of what God did for me when I went free from Egypt.” The Hebrew word for explain, v’higgadta, has the same root as Haggadah, the book from which we read on Passover. In doing so, each year we fulfill the sacred obligation to tell this story to our children. It is this story, more than any other that is central to Judaism. God redeemed us from slavery and we therefore know the heart of the stranger.

When do we read Yom Rishon shel Pesach?

2018 Mar 31
/15 Nisan, 5778

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Elyse Goldstein

    The Torah reading for the first day of Pesach, which falls on Shabbat this year, comes from chapters 12 and 13 of the Book of Exodus, and discusses one of the most well-known topics of the holiday — matzah. We find the multiple commandments to both refrain from all chametz (leavened foods) and to eat matzah, in verses 15-20 of chapter 12. Then, we hear the familiar "historical" reason why the Israelites "baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had taken out of Egypt . . . since they had been driven out of Egypt and could not delay; nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves" (Exodus 12:39).

  • Torah for Tweens

    For Reform Jews, the reading for the first day of Peasch is Exodus 12:37-42 and 13:3-10. These verses are a part of parashat Bo.

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