Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tonight starts pesach sheini, "the second pesach."
In the times of the beis hamikdash - the great temple - people would bring their pesach sacrifices on the 14th of nissan. Sometimes they couldn't make it. They were too far away, or ritually impure, or for whatever reason.
The 14th of iyar, one month later, was the appointed time for all those who missed the first offering.
We commemorate pesach sheini by eating some matzo. I jokingly told Yaakov that we should tape up a piece of aluminum foil in the kitchen.
A deeper meaning of pesach sheni is that there's always a second chance. There's always an opportunity for tikkun and teshuva.