Passover -- Pesach

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore [Psalm 16:11].

Readings for Pesach 2016
(evening of April 22nd through the evening of April 30th)

Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; 
and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; 
ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

12:26 And it shall come to pass, 
when your children shall say unto you, 
What mean ye by this service?

12:27 That ye shall say, 
It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, 
who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, 
when he smote the Egyptians, 
and delivered our houses.


Psalm 137:1 
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, 
yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

2 We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; 
and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, 
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

4 How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?


Psalm  81:1 
Sing aloud unto God our strength: 
make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.

2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, 
the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, 
in the time appointed, 
on our solemn feast day.

4 For this was a statute for Israel, 
and a law of the God of Jacob.

5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, 
when he went out through the land of Egypt: 
where I heard a language that I understood not.



Exodus 15 (On the eve of the seventh day after the Exodus)
I will sing to the Lord,
    for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    He has hurled into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.

You stretch out Your right hand,
    and the earth swallows Your enemies.
In your unfailing love You will lead
    the people whom You have redeemed.
In strength You will guide them
    to Your Holy dwelling.


Cosimo Rosselli
"Crossing of the Red Sea"
Sistine Chapel, Vatican
You will bring them in and plant them
    on the mountain of Your inheritance—
the place, Lord, You made for Your dwelling,
    the Sanctuary, Lord, Your hands have established.

“The Lord reigns
    for ever and ever.”

Then Miriam a prophet and Aaron’s sister, 
took a timbrel in her hand, 
and all the women followed her, 
with timbrels and dancing. 
Miriam sang to them:

"I will sing to the Lord,
    for He is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    He has hurled into the sea."


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