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19 Iyar 5766 - May 17, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Bamidbar, 5766

Sunday, 23 Iyar - Shabbos, 29 Iyar 5766 (May 21-27, 2006)

hekolim 4-10
Terumos 16-22

Beitzah 5:3 - Rosh Hashanah 1:9

Orach Chaim 554:9-557:1

Ovos: 6

Molad: Shabbos 4:41 P.M.

Many are accustomed to say the tefilah of the Shloh on erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

6:57 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:12 P.M.

8:36 P.M.
5:10 P.M.
5:01 P.M.

Parshas Bamidbar

7:01 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:16 P.M.

8:46 P.M.
5:07 P.M.
4:57 P.M.



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Additional Luach Information

On Tuesday night, the eve of 14 Nissan (Apr. 11) is the search for chometz - bedikas chometz, and the chometz is burnt the next morning, Erev Pesach, Wednesday, 14 Nissan (Apr. 12) until the end of the zman sreifas chometz. On erev Pesach the firstborn fast— Ta'anis Bechoros.

Yov Tov Pesach falls on Thursday, 15 Nissan (Apr. 14), in Eretz Yisroel, and on Thursday and Friday (Apr. 14-15) in Chutz Le'aretz. The days until Shevi'i Shel Pesach are Chol HaMo'ed.

From Mussaf of Yom Tov Pesach in Eretz Yisroel we say morid hatal in Shemoneh Esreih instead of vesen tal u-motor livrocho.

From Thursday night, Motzei Yom Tov Rishon Shel Pesach, we count sefiras ha'omer until Shavuos.

The seforim hakedoshim write to make a meal on the sixteenth of Nissan to remember the se'udas Esther that she made when Homon was hanged (Mishnah Berurah, 490:2 from the Mogen Avrohom).

Shevi'i Shel Pesach falls on Wednesday, 21 Nissan (April 19) and in Chutz Le'aretz also on Thursday, 22 Nissan (April 20) which is Yom Tov Sheini Shel Goliyos - Shmini Shel Pesach.

Many are accustomed to read Pirkei Ovos after Minchah of Shabbos, from Pesach until Rosh HaShanah.

Our minhag is not to pray Yom Kippur Koton and surely not to fast during the month of Nissan.

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