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Pesach Sheni – Willpower


In our times, with no Pesach offering in the first place, Pesach Sheni nevertheless appears on all Hebrew calendars. Penitence prayers are not recited on this day in most synagogues and some observe the custom of eating leftover matzo, stale as it might be. Otherwise, Pesach Sheni comes and goes without any fanfare and without much notice.

Interestingly, this Mitzvah was not given at first, with all other Mitzvot of the Torah. Initially there was one date for the offering of the Pascal lamb, the 14th of Nisan. The Torah relates that “There were people who were contaminated through contact with a dead body and therefore could not prepare the Passover offering that day. They approached Moses and Aaron… and they said: …Why should we be deprived, and not be able to present God’s offering in its time, amongst the children of Israel?” (Numbers 9:6-7)

Moses responded that he will approach G-d and determi