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Second Chances


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From Rabbi David

Next Monday is a little known and barely recognized Jewish holiday called Pesach Sheni - meaning "Second Passover". Don't worry, you don't need to clean your kitchen again. Pesach Sheni is mentioned in the Torah as an opportunity for those who may have been impure, or unable to take part in the Passover sacrifice and ritual on Pesach itself, to have a "second chance" to participate.

Since the second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed about 2000 years ago, the whole idea of ritual impurity has been complicated since the main way to purify oneself was to bring a sacrifice to the temple. Because of this, there's really no reason for Pesach Sheni to be marked today.

Having said that, I think there's a beautiful lesson in Pesach Sheni that we try and teach your children every day - try, try again. We subscribe to a growth mindset at Gan Sinai, which means that we never say "I can't", instead we say, "I can't yet." We are all growing and becoming (even us old folks). Giving ourselves second chances to try again, learn new things, and do better is a beautiful teaching we can take from Pesach Sheni.

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