Week of April 11-17, 2014/ 11-17 Nissan, 5774


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Parshat Acharei 4/12/2014

Week of April 11-17, 2014/ 11-17 Nissan, 5774

Parshat Acharei

Shabbat Hagadol(1)

Friday- 4/11/2014

Minchah 6:45 PM

Candle Lighting time in our shul 6:55 PM

Latest Candle Lighting time 7:24 PM

The Parshah in a Nutshell 7:00 PM

Kabalat Shabbat 7:20 PM

Kidush- Oneg Shabbat 8:00PM

A complete Shabbat meal

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Saturday- Shabbat  4/12/2014

Parshah Study 8:15 AM

Shacharit 9:00AM

Latest Shema10:11AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Dvar Torah 11:30 AM

Kiddush 12:15PM

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Earliest Minchah 1:53PM

Haggadah Review 7:00 PM

Shabbat ends/Havdalah 8:18 PM

Sunday  4/13/2014

Search for Chometz after 8:11PM(2)

*See details Laws and Customs

Monday –Erev Pesach- 4/14/2014

Fast of the Firstborn(3)

*See details Laws and Customs

Shacharit 8:00 AM

Stop eating chometz before 11:09AM(4)

Burn left over chometz before 12:08PM(5)

Light Yom Tov candles 7:25PM

Seder begins after 8:11PM

Tuesday –First Day- 4/15/2014

Shacharit 9:00AM

Latest Shema10:09AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Earliest Minchah 1:53PM

Light Candles after 8:25PM


Count Sefirah 1  after 8:25PM(6)

Wednesday–Second Day- 4/16/2014

Shacharit 9:00AM

Latest Shema10:09AM

Torah Reading 10:30 AM

Earliest Minchah 1:52PM


Count Sefirah 2    after 8:25PM

Yom Tov ends at 8:25PM

Thursday – 1st  day Chol Hamoed-4/17/2014

Shacharit 8:00AM- Only TALIT

In evening count sefirah 3

Friday – 2nd day Chol Hamoed-4/18/2014

Latest Candle Lighting time 7:27 PM

In evening count sefirah 4

Acharei in a Nutshell

Leviticus 16:1–18:30

Following the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, G‑d warns against unauthorized entry “into the holy.” Only one person, the kohen gadol (“high priest”), may, but once a year, on Yom Kippur, enter the innermost chamber in the Sanctuary to offer the sacred ketoret to G‑d.

Another feature of the Day of Atonement service is the casting of lots over two goats, to determine which should be offered to G‑d and which should be dispatched to carry off the sins of Israel to the wilderness.

The Parshah of Acharei also warns against bringing korbanot (animal or meal offerings) anywhere but in the Holy Temple, forbids the consumption of blood, and details the laws prohibiting incest and other deviant sexual relations.


Laws and Customs

Recite from Haggadah; Study Passover Laws

  1. The Shabbat before Passover is termed Shabbat HaGadol ("The Great Shabbat") in commemoration of the "great miracle" that happened in Egypt on this day, heralding the Exodus from Egypt five days later (see "Today in Jewish Hstory"). Shabbat HaGadol customs include reading a portion of the Haggadah (from "Avadim hayinu..." to "...al kol avonotainu"), which tells the story of the Exodus; it is also customary that the rabbi of the community delivers a lecture in which he elaborates on the laws of Passover and their significance, in preparation for the festival.

Search for Chametz on Sunday night

  1. In preparation for the festival of Passover, in which even the possession of any form of leavened food ("chametz") is strictly forbidden, a final search is conducted after nightfall to remove every last crumb of chametz from our homes and property.

Fast of the Firstborn

  1. Firstborn males over the age of Bar Mitzvah (13) are obligated to fast on the 14th of Nissan, in recognition of the fact that during the "Plague of the Firstborn" (which occurred at midnight of Nissan 15) G-d "passed over" the Jewish firstborn when He killed all firstborn Egyptians. If there is a firstborn male in the family under 13, the obligation to fast rests with the father. The prevailing custom, however, is for the firstborn to exempt themselves from the obligation to fast by participating in a seudat mitzvah (a meal marking the fulfillment of a mitzvah), such as a siyyum--a festive meal celebrating the conclusion of the study of a section of Torah).

Chametz Eating Deadline

  1. The Torah (Exodus 12:15, as per Talmud, Pesachim 5a) sets midday of Nissan 14--today--as the deadline for the destruction and/or removal of all leavened foods ("chametz") from our possession in preparation for the festival of Passover, which begins this evening at nightfall. In practice, Torah law mandates that we desist from eating chametz two hours before midday, and that no leaven remain in our possession an hour before midday. These are not clock hours but "proportional hours", defined by Jewish law as a 12th part of the time between sunrise and sunset.  From this point until the end of the festival of Passover, it is forbidden to eat leaven, or anything containing even the slightest trace of leaven.

Burn and Nullify Chametz

  1. Chametz is disposed of by: a) selling it to a non-Jew; b) burning the chametz found in our search on the previous evening (see entry for Nissan 13); c) "nullifying" the chametz that has not been found by declaring it ownerless.The deadline for selling, burning and nullifying chametz is one "proportional hour" before midday. From this point until the end of the festival of Passover, it is forbidden to eat leaven, derive benefit from it in any way, own it or have it in one's possession.

Begin Omer Count Tonight

  1. "And you shall count for yourselves from the morrow of the Shabbat, from the day on which you bring the Omer offering, seven complete weeks they shall be; until the morrow of the seventh week, you shall count fifty days..." (Leviticus 23:15)    The "morrow of the Shabbat" referred to in this verse is the 16th of Nissan--the 2nd day of Passover, which begins tonight at nightfall. On this day, the "Omer Offering"--which included matzahs baked from the new crop of barley harvested that very day--was brought in the Holy Temple. (No grain from new harvest was allowed to be eaten before the Omer offering was brought.) Thus 16th of Nissan also commences the 49-day "Counting of the Omer", which retraces our ancestors' seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. Each evening we recite a special blessing and count the days and weeks that have passed since the Omer. The 50th day is Shavuot, the festival celebrating the Giving of the Torah at Sinai. Tonight we count: "Today is one day to the Omer."

Prayer for Dew

  • The month of Nissan marks the ends of the "season of rains" in the Holy Land. Beginning with the Mussaf prayer of the 1st day of Passover, we omit the passage in our prayers praising G-d's greatness as a provider of rain (Mashiv haruach umorid hageshem), substituting it with the words Morid hatal ("Who brings down dew").