A second Passover for those who missed the first

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

Some Israelis today marked the less-recognized "second Passover" prescribed in the Bible for those who could not mark the festival on its appointed day due to ceremonial uncleanliness.

Numbers 9:6-11 reads:

"But some of them could not celebrate the Passover on that day because they were ceremonially unclean on account of a dead body. So they came to Moses and Aaron that same day and said to Moses, 'We have become unclean because of a dead body, but why should we be kept from presenting the Lord's offering with the other Israelites at the appointed time?' Moses answered them, 'Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.' Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Tell the Israelites: When any of you or your descendants are unlcean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they may still celebrate the Lord's Passover. They are to celebrate it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight.'"

Many Jews on this day will again eat unleavened bread (matzot) and hold special prayer sessions at the Western Wall. Jewish activists advocating the return of Jewish worship on top of the Temple Mount also hosted a special "second Passover" feast.

At the feast, rabbis thanked God for the Temple (and its eventual return to the Jews), and for the recent thwarting of a terrorist attack against Jewish worshipers and Israeli police at the holy site.

Though Temple Mount activists and police typically clash, the officers stationed at the Temple Mount were warmly invited to attend this year's feast.

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