Ask Our Rabbis – May 14th, 2022

Q: I see Pesach Sheni listed on my Jewish calendar. What is it? What are we celebrating and
how should we celebrate this day?

A: Pesach Sheni, literally the Second Pesach, commemorates the day when someone who
missed the opportunity to bring the Korban Pesach, the Pascal Lamb, before Pesach would
have the opportunity to offer their make-up Korban Pesach (See Bamidbar 9 for the Torah’s
account of this Mitzvah). It occurs on the 14th of Iyar, which occurs this year on May 15. We do
not recite Tachanun, as it has the status of a minor Jewish holiday, and many people have the
custom to eat matzah.

We should reflect on the idea that Pesach Sheni is a holiday of second chances. Hashem gave
those who did not offer the Korban Pesach the opportunity to fix their deficiency, to correct their
mistake. If we want to get the most out of our Pesach Sheni experience, we should ask
ourselves: shouldn’t we give friends, family, colleagues, and community members a second
chance? Maybe we can give our relationship with Hashem a second chance as well?

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