Thursday, March 21, 2013

Zodiac at the Seder Table?

Pesach times, sell chometz - see below


Question of the Week:    


I am very connected to the zodiac and was wondering if there is a link between the stars and the timing of Pesach. I have also noticed that the Seder always coincides with the full moon. What is the significance of all this?




There is deep astrological significance to the date of Pesach. We celebrate the festival of freedom on the night of the 15th of Nissan in the Hebrew calendar, the night the Israelites were freed from Egypt. This is the full moon of the month of Aries, the ram.


The Egyptians worshipped the ram as a god. Aries is the leader of the star signs, the first and most powerful, and the Egyptians saw themselves as the leaders of the world, receiving their strength and fortitude from their god, the ram.


So the strongest time for the Egyptians would have been the month of Aries, when their god is ascendant. And the strongest day on that month would be its full moon. Egyptian power would reach its zenith on the 15th of Nissan.


And that is exactly when the Israelites left Egypt. Aries was rendered impotent at its very moment of strength.


But there's more. The Israelites ate a festive meal on the night before the exodus, and the main course was a lamb roasted on a spit. They were eating the Egyptian deity, the ram, under the full moon of the month of the ram, in the eyes of all Egypt, and they got away with it.


The message is unmistakable. The world is not run by capricious forces and amoral star signs. There is a G-d who rules heaven and earth, who cares for the innocent and exacts justice from the corrupt. To the stars, our actions make no difference. To G-d, our actions do matter.  The zodiac demands nothing from us. G-d demands we live a life of goodness.


The Jews themselves didn't always get this message. After the exodus, some in the Israelite camp suggested that while the ram of Egypt (Aries) had indeed been trumped, it was not G-d's doing, but rather the next star sign, Taurus, the bull who had beaten Aries. And so they made an idol honouring Taurus, known as the Golden Calf. It's very tempting to fall back on idolatrous beliefs, because they relieve us of responsibility. But they also rob us of our freedom.


Pesach is a celebration not only of freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, but also freedom from being bound by destiny. Our lives are not subject to the impersonal forces of the zodiac. We are free to rise above the limitations of fate and conquer our birth sign. Your fortunes may predict one course for your life. You are free to create another. This idea was brought home on the night of the full moon of Aries.


Good Shabbos and a Happy and Kosher Pesach,

Rabbi Moss


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In order to avoid owning any products that aren't Kosher for Pesach, we sell our non-Pesach food for the duration of the festival.  

To arrange this, please fill in your name (signature not required) and all addresses (work/holiday home included) on the form below and email to by Sunday March 24.

I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Moss to act in my place and stead, and on my behalf to sell all Chometz possessed by me, knowingly or unknowingly as defined by the Torah and Rabbinic Law (e.g. Chometz, possible Chometz, and all kinds of Chometz mixtures). Also Chometz that tends to harden and adhere to the inside surfaces of pans, pots, or cooking utensils, the utensils themselves, and all kinds of live animals and pets that have been eating Chometz and mixtures thereof. This includes all above mentioned Chometz that will come into my possession from now until Erev Pesach. He is also empowered to lease all places wherein Chometz owned by me may be found, particularly at the address/es listed below and elsewhere.

Rabbi Moss has full right to appoint any agent or substitute in his stead and said substitute shall have full right to sell and lease as provided herein. He also has the full power and right to act as he deems fit and proper in accordance with all the details of the Bill of Sale used in the transaction to sell all my Chometz, Chometz mixtures, etc., as provided herein. This power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinic and Civil laws.



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Mincha 6:30pm followed by Seudah Shlishis

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Monday March 25 Erev Pesach

Shachris 7am followed by Siyum for Fast of the First Born

Eat chometz until 11:01am. Burn and sell before 12:01pm

Candlelighting 6:42pm

Mincha 6:45pm

Pesach Evening Service 7:00pm - 7:45pm


Tuesday March 26 First day Yomtov

Shachris 10am - 12:45pm

Mincha 6:45pm followed by words of Torah

Evening Service 7:00pm - 7:45pm, begin counting the Omer

Candlelighting and preparations for Seder not before 7:37pm


Wednesday March 27 Second day Yomtov

Shachris 10am - 12:45pm

Mincha 6:45pm followed by words of Torah

Evening Service 7:30pm

Yomtov ends 7:35pm


Thursday, Friday, Sunday Chol Hamoed

Shachris 8am


Sunday March 31 Yomtov Shvii Shel Pesach

Candlelighting 6:35pm

Mincha 6:45pm

Evening Service 7:20pm


Monday April 1 Yomtov Shvii Shel Pesach

Shachris 10am - 12:45pm

Candlelighting not before 7:29pm

Mincha 6:45pm followed by words of Torah

Evening Service 7:20pm


Tuesday April 2 Yomtov Acharon Shel Pesach

Shachris 10am - 12:45pm 

Yizkor approx. 11:30am

Mincha 5:45pm followed by Seudas Moshiach for men in shul to end the Yomtov

Seudas Moshiach for women 5:45pm at 128 Wellington St Bondi 

Yomtov ends 7:27pm

Please allow half an hour before eating chometz that was sold


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