Gershon Hepner
Gershon Hepner

Eight days of Passover for all exilic Jews

Though the number of the days of Passover, according to the Bible,

   should be seven,
observant Jews who do not live in Israel must celebrate an extra day,
   so there are eight,
because although all righteous Jews believe the source of all the Bible’s laws
   is heaven,
Jerusalem is where their dates are calculated, and for Zion all the exiles
   have to wait.
Gershon Hepner
Erev Pesach 5781
About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at