Yes, Passover is TODAY!
Whatever am I talking about (and no, I haven’t overindulged today in the Turkish coffee that I love)?
Numbers 9:1-14 says:
And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying: ‘Let the children of Israel keep the Passover in its appointed season. In the fourteenth day of this month, at dusk, you shall keep it in its appointed season; according to all the statutes of it, and according to all the ordinances thereof, shall you keep it.’ And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, that they should keep the Passover. And they kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at dusk, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel. But there were certain men, who were unclean by the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day; and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. And those men said to him: ‘We are unclean by the dead body of a man; wherefore are we to be kept back, so as not to bring the offering of the Lord in its appointed season among the children of Israel?’ And Moses said unto them: 'Stay you, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, saying: If any man of you or of your generations shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the Passover unto the Lord; in the second month on the fourteenth day at dusk they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs; they shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break a bone thereof; according to all the statute of the Passover they shall keep it. But the man that is clean, and is not on a journey, and forbears to keep the Passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people; because he brought not the offering of the Lord in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin. And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the Passover unto the Lord: according to the statute of the Passover, and according to the ordinance thereof, so shall he do; you shall have one statute, both for the stranger, and for him that is born in the land.’
Numbers is here talking about Pesah Sheni or Second Passover, which occurrs on the 14th of the month of Iyar (the “second month”). This is TODAY. When the Temples stood (and when the Temple stands again, may this be very soon!), any Jew who couldn’t participate in the bringing of the Passover lamb (I love roast lamb!) on the afternoon of the 14th of Nisan (it was eaten on the evening of the 15th of Nisan, the evening of April 23 this year; remember, our days start in the evening, not in the morning, see the wording in Genesis 1, evening always comes first) for whatever reason, was obliged to participate in the bringing of the Passover lamb on the afternoon of the 14th of Iyar (this afternoon) & eat it on the evening of the 15th. (This includes children who reached the age of majority between 15 Nisan and 14 Iyar as well as converts whose conversion was finalized in this period.) Those who participated in Pesah Sheni did not have to keep a 7 day Passover festival/holyday (which begins on the evening of 15 Nisan), nor did they have to observe al of the precepts regarding the getting rid of leavened grain products.
Nowadays, Pesah Sheni is marked by minor changes in the daily prayers (one or two prayers, depending on which day of the week it falls on, are not said) and the custom of eating leftover matzah (unleavened bread) from Passover the month before.
We (orthodox Jews) believe that the precepts of Pesah Sheni, like so many others that have been temporarily suspended since the destruction of the Second Temple :crying: , will be restored in full when the Messiah comes & the Temple is rebuilt (may this be very soon!).