Second-chance holiday

10.06.2012                      20.Siwan. 5772

Judentum:

Second-chance holiday

‘In the second month [Iyar] on the afternoon of the fourteenth day, he shall prepare it [the second Passover Sacrifice].

One of the many injunctions in this week’s portion is that of Pessah Sheni – “second Passover” – a “second chance” for anyone who was ritually impure on Passover to bring the festival sacrifice and eat it four weeks later. At this time, though there would be no festival and no prohibition of hametz (leaven) one could partake in this delayed Passover sacrificial meal with matza and bitter herbs….