Pesach and the Calendar

Some of you may have noticed that this week there is a discrepancy between the calendar for Jews in the Diaspora, and the calendar for Israel and for Reform Jews in Diaspora (who follow the Israel calendar.)  For an explanation of why there’s a difference, check out this article by Ben Dreyfus.

If you are wondering what YOU should read, the easy answer is “ask your rabbi.” The senior rabbi of your congregation is the “Marah d’atrah,” the final word on the schedule and practice in your shul. If you don’t have a rabbi, well, get one!

So this week’s drashot are all over the map. Some are for the eighth day of Pesach, and some look ahead past Pesach to Acharei Mot. All are Torah, though, so it’s all good!

Crossing the Reed Sea by Rabbi Amy Scheinerman

On Loving Our Neighbors by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat

You Are What You Wear by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein

Whatever you learn this week, I wish you a Shabbat shalom!



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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

2 thoughts on “Pesach and the Calendar”

  1. I was taken aback when I saw last Wednesday that my congregation was holding Yzkor today – since I have lost my mother this year I was planning to attend the Yzkor service but not on Kabbalat Shabbat and not on the seventh day of Pesach! So I am learning the way of the land.

    For some reason it made me very sad in fact, all of a sudden I felt disconnected. The congregation I belong to is a reform congregation, I had no problem until this feeling of intense sadness that is not the fault of the movement of course, but rather a consequence of what I am going through emotionally right now.

    Only reading your blog post brought me back to feeling better, so thank you! Shabbat shalom v’chag sameach!

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