Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 107:3
The Month of Nissan

3. On Shabbos HaGodol (lit: "the Great Shabbos," referring to the Shabbos before Pesach) (1) during Mincha, it is customary not to read the Psalm "Borchi Nafshi",but rather to read [the Haggadah from the words] "Avodim Hayinu" [until the conclusion of the passage beginning "Al achas kamoh v'chamoh,"] (2) because the redemption [from Egypt] and the miracles (3) began on Shabbos HaGodol.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) God commanded the Israelites in Egypt to designate, on the tenth of Nissan (five days before the Exodus), a male sheep for the Pesach offering (which was to be slaughtered on the afternoon of the 14th and eaten that night, the night of the Exodus). They tied the animal to their bedposts, and although the Egyptians worshipped the ram as a god and knew what the Jews were going to do with the animal, they miraculously did not try to stop them. That year, the 10th of Nissan was a Shabbos, and in commemoration of that miracle, we call the Shabbos before Pesach, "Shabbos HaGodol" (Tur 430).

(2) The Vilna Gaon did not agree with this custom and thus many people do not follow it.

(3) That is, the miracles during the final week in Egypt.

 

Back Paragraph 2 Table of Contents  

 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright © 2004 Torah.org

 


 






ARTICLES ON MASEI AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

A Lesson About Our Psyche
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

The Nine Days of Mourning
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

Travel Experience
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

> A Judgement Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Hashem's Will - Protest or Submission
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Crossover Holiness
Shlomo Katz - 5760

ArtScroll

Dead First
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

First Things First
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Listen to the Mussar
- 5767

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Power of Prayer
Shlomo Katz - 5763

True Wealth
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Kinder and Gentler Killers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

They Can Assure a Cure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Vengeance: Revenge is Sweet
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Where Have You Been?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Points to Ponder
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information