Passover

Feast or Fast?

Siyyum B’chorim - Fast of the First Born

Friday, April 19, at 6:45 – 7:30 AM

Adonai passed over the houses of the children of Israel,” (Exodus 12, Verse 12) and spared the first-born male Israelites when the first-born male Egyptians died during the last of the ten plagues. As a reminder of this event, the day before Pesach is observed as a fast day. Jewish law requires that all adults and children who are the first-born child in their family fast from dawn until the first Seder.

The Rabbis permitted all first born to be exempt from fasting by participating in a special ceremony, a siy- yum. A Siyyum marks the completion of the study of a unit of Jewish text, such as a tractate of the Talmud. The completion of a book of the Talmud is a joyous occasion and is followed by a Seudat Mitzvah, an oblig- atory religious feast. In this way, they are exempt from fasting and may eat with the rest of us.

Join Rabbi Eligberg as he completes his study of the Talmudic tractate Tamid following services and cele- brate with breakfast. If you have never participated in this mitzvah before, make this the year. Parents, bring your first-born with you. Remember to bring your Tallit and T’fillin.

Please contact the synagogue office to let us know you will join us. We will conclude around 7:30 AM.