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12 Iyar 5766 - May 10, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai, 5766

Sunday, 16 Iyar - Shabbos, 22 Iyar 5766 (May 14-20, 2006)

Pesochim 117 - Shekolim 3
Terumos 9-15

Beitzah 2:4-5:2

Orach Chaim 552:2-554:8

Ovos: 5

Ta'anis Sheini Basra falls on Monday, 17 Iyar (May 15).

Lag B'Omar falls on Tuesday, 18 Iyar (May 16).

in Eretz Yisroel:

Parshas Emor

6:52 P.M.

Bnei Brak:
7:07 P.M.

8:26 P.M.
5:13 P.M.
5:07 P.M.

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.



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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.

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

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