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Vol. LXVII No. 21 5776
New York City
May 20, 2016 – 12 Iyar 5776
7:53 p.m. NYC E.D.T.



Sabbath Ends: 9:00 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sabbath Ends: Rabbenu Tam 9:25 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Weekly Reading: Emor
Weekly Haftara: Ve’haKohanim haLevi’im (Ezekiel 44:15-31)
Daf Yomi: Kidushin 70
Mishna Yomit: Pe’ah 6:5-6
Halacha Yomit: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 205:7 – 206:2
Rambam Yomi: Hilchos Bechoros chap. 2-4
Earliest time for Tallis and Tefillin: 5:00 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunrise: 5:34 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Latest Kerias Shema: 9:13 a.m. NYC E.D.T.
Sunset: 8:11 p.m. NYC E.D.T.
Pirkei Avos: Ch. 3
Sefiras HaOmer: 27

This coming Motzaei Shabbos and Sunday, the 14th of Iyar, is Pesach Sheni. Some do not say Tzidkas’cha at the Mincha service of the preceding day.

It is customary to eat matza at one meal at least, even with chametz in the house [at the table] – based upon the Mishna in Pesachim 95a: “…On the second [Passover, i.e. Pesach Sheni] one may have in his house both chametz and matza.” (The Talmud ad loc. explains that this halacha is derived through exegesis of the Thirteen Principles.)

This coming Wednesday evening and Thursday is Lag BaOmer – the 33rd day of the Omer – a break in the sorrowful period when we do not cut our hair or rejoice with music. On Lag BaOmer we may cut our hair and hold weddings and other celebrations with music. There are various minhagim regarding the exact length and time frame of this mourning period. See Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayyim 493, where these minhagim are clearly delineated. We do not say Yehi Ratzon at conclusion of Torah reading nor do we say Tachanun on Lag BaOmer as well as Mincha the day preceding.


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Rabbi Yaakov Klass is Rav of K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush; Torah Editor of The Jewish Press; and Presidium Chairman, Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim.