PassoverApril 10-18, 2017
According to one official Haggadah registry, over 3,500 editions of the Haggadah exist in the world. Each has its own unique features, such as modified text, commentary, artwork, or translation. Often specific ideological predilections or agendas are woven into the text.
Our advice to you is to try to find the Haggadah version(s) which
- make the seder most meaningful to you, your family, and your guests,
- retain as much of the traditional text as possible, while utilizing modern translations and commentaries.
Below are three suggested versions:
DATES AND TIMES
April 9, 2017
April 10, 2017
April 11, 2017
April 12, 2017
April 13-16, 2017
The Intermediate Days of Passover – days that lie between the first and last days of Pesach – are semiholidays or Chol Ha-Moed. On the Shabbat that falls during the intermediate days, many congregations recite the Song of Songs, Shir ha-Shirim. This lyrical book is seen as a metaphor for the love between God and the people of Israel as well as a celebration of spring and nature.
April 17, 2017
April 18, 2017
The 7th and 8th days of Passover are full festival days which have the same sanctity and regulations as the first days. Yizkor, the memorial prayer for loved ones who have died, is recited on the 8th day. This year, Yizkor will be recited on Tuesday, April 18th at approximately 10:30 AM.
The office will close at 2 PM on Erev Pesach and will be closed for Yom Tov. The office is open on Hol HaMoed. The dates for Passover 5777 are as follows:
For the duration of Passover, please refrain from bringing food to the synagogue unless it is a closed, prepackaged, Kosher for Passover product.
Each year, Congregation Ohav Shalom publishes a Passover Guide, in which Rabbi Ornstein adapts and expands on Michael Strassfeld’s “The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary,” Harper & Row, 1985.
Our Passover 5777/2017 Guide is available for download here.
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