Monday, May 27, 2019: Morning Minyan is at 9:00 AM for Memorial Day.

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Siyyum Bekhorim—Siyyum for the First-Born

Siyyum Bekhorim—Siyyum for the First-Born

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Time: 7:15 am

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Breakfast, Class, Holiday, Ritual, Worship Service
  • Audience: First Born Adults
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Holiday, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Text, Prayer, Ritual

On Friday morning, April 19, all first-borns are urged to join the Siyyum Bekhorim following the 7:15 AM minyan. This observance reminds us that when the first-born of Egypt were slain during the Tenth Plague, the Israelite first-born were saved. In appreciation for this redemption, it is incumbent upon first-born Jewish males to fast on the day before Pesah. This responsibility is nullified when one celebrates the completion of text study.

 Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz’s Shabbat Afternoon Talmud class will celebrate the completion of Talmudic tractate, Rosh Hashanah. They have been studying this for more than a year, and are excited to celebrate this milestone with the community. There will be a brief teaching about the end of the tractate, followed by a Seudat Mitzvah, a celebratory meal provided through the generosity of Micki and Lowell Gordon which nullifies the obligation for first-borns to fast on the eve of Passover.

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