It is a widespread custom that the first born fast on the day before Pesah. This commemorates the divine protection of the Israelite firstborn during the final plague in Egypt. However, it is also prohibited to fast during the month of Nisan. There is a standard solution to this paradox: a siyum, a public completion of study of a tractate of the Talmud. After this, first born participants may eat a meal in celebration of the event, and having eaten, a first born need not fast the remainder of day.
We're taking a bite out of our colleagues' Pre-Pesah stress by offering two opportunities to participate in a virtual siyum on Thursday, March 25. Register here for our East Coast Pre-Pesah Siyum from 8:00-9:00 AM ET led by Rabbi Mordy Schwartz. Register here for our West Coast Pre-Pesah Siyum from 7:30-9:00 AM PT led by Rabbi Adam Kligfeld (starts with Shaharit; siyum begins around 8:15). Please share registration with your communities as both teachings will be appropriate for everyone. This event is co-sponsored by: Rabbinical Assembly, USCJ, AJU, JTS, and Ramah Camping Movement.