When do we eat the Afikoman?

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The plague of the Makas Bechoros (death of the firstborn Egyptian boys and animals) took place at midnight [Shemos (Exodus) 12:29]. This is why we eat the afikoman before midnight on Pesach [Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 477:1]. On the first night of Pesach in the year 5774 (2014), shkiah (sunset) is at 7:30pm and sunrise is at 6:11 am the next morning. Based on the opinion that midnight according to Halacha (Jewish law) is the midpoint between sunrise and sunset, what is the latest time a person can eat the afikoman?


12:00pm – 7:30pm = 4:30

4:30 + 6:11 = 10:41

10:41 / 2 = 5:20:30

7:30 + 5:20:30 = 12:50:30pm