April 5th - 13th 2023
The eight-day Jewish holiday of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑d passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.
SELL YOUR CHOMETZ
LAWS OF SELLING THE CHOMETZ
Might as well know how to do it right!!!
UNDERSTANDING THE SELLING
With Passover just around the corner, this is a good opportunity to revisit one of the most common – yet misunderstood – facets of Jewish life: the selling of chometz.
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Before Pesach it is a requirement to eliminate all chometz (bread products or derivatives of bread products) from our possession. Jewish law does allow for chometz, especially and preferably, only in non-bread-like form (e.g. liquors, mixtures, etc.) to be sold to a gentile in those circumstances when elimination is not an option. Arrangements for such sale may be made through the Rabbi by completing the Sale of Chometz Form.
BURNING THE CHOMETZ
NULLIFICATION AND BURNING
The following morning, it is forbidden to eat chometz after the fourth hour. One may continue to derive other benefit from the chometz until the end of the fifth hour. Before this time, the chometz must be burned and again nullified. Since the times vary from city to city, an Orthodox rabbi should be consulted for the exact times in your area.
After you burn your chometz, to nullify all your chometz, the following is recited:
"All chometz, leaven and leavened bread, that is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have removed it or not, should be annulled and considered ownerless like the dust of the earth."
The following instructions are by no means a complete halachic guide for Pesach. A Rabbi should be consulted for any questions and doubts that arise, and refer to the many books available that present the halachot in detail. The following instructions are based on classes given by Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita.
CLEANING FOR DUMMIES
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ABC'S OF THE SEDER
Passover is brimming with symbols of slavery and freedom. Passover is an 8-day holiday (in Israel, seven days). The name derives from the fact that during the final plague – the slaying of the first born – God “passed over" the Jewish homes. We eat symbols of slavery and freedom, and the festive meal includes many delicious recipes for foods that people look forward to all year. Think matzah balls!
LAWS OF THE SEDER
A practical guide to the Seder night with interesting laws and explanations.
BARE BONES SEDER GUIDE
All you need to know to make your seder!
SELECTED GUIDELINES FOR THE SEDER
A handful of essential tips for a smooth and kosher Seder. This also contains FAQ about the seder.
JOY OF KOSHER
Passover recipes by Jamie Geller.
A TASTE OF PESACH
Six years ago, a group of women banded together to brainstorm fundraising ideas for Yeshiva Me’on HaTorah, a Jewish high school.
The result of this meeting was A Taste of Pesach, a recipe series that transformed Passover cooking for tens of thousands of cooks.
PASSOVER RECIPES FROM CHABAD
From traditional to gourmet to low-fat and sugar-free, this section has everything you need for delicious food the entire week of Passover. You will love these recipes so much, you might just find that you use.