Pesah Guide 5781
A Message from the President
Passover is a celebration of liberation and hope.
I am very thankful that our synagogue is open now for Shabbat and the Holy Days, and hope that in the very near future we will be able to celebrate life at its fullest at Kahal Joseph.
I thank you from all my heart for your continuous support of our synagogue in these challenging times, and on behalf of The Board of Directors and myself I wish you and your families a healthy and happy Passover.
Yvette Dabby, President
A Message from Rabbi Halevy
We are so blessed to be celebrating the holiday of our liberation, Pesach. A time when the energy and potential for growth are annually renewed. This holiday has many names, all inherently connected to its abundant positive elements and spiritual blessings that come through their reenactment every year. Our tradition enables us to connect to this energy in an ever-increasing manner, no matter where and when we find ourselves.
The order of the Seder and the recitation of the Haggadah are part of the process of integrating this energy into our lives. There are 15 steps of the Seder, which correspond to the numerical value of the first two letters of Hashem’s name, yud (10) and hey (5). Although we are going in order, we are able to go out of the limitations that may be ‘enslaving’ us on a spiritual level. This is highlighted by the name of the holiday; one meaning of ‘Pesach’ is ‘skipping’ in Hebrew.
And like the Passover offering, the Seder service is intrinsically connected with the community. This is implied in the name of our traditional Seder booklet, the ‘Haggadah,’ which means ‘telling’. The practice of reading the Haggadah comes from the Torah commandment, or mitzvah: ‘And you shall tell your [children] on that day. On Pesah night, it is a mitzvah to tell our children the story of our Exodus from slavery and our journey to freedom.
Getting our children and the younger generation involved and engaged is one of the main highlights of Pesah. That is why the four questions are asked by children near the start of the Seder in the Haggadah. Creating a conversation about our journey to freedom is the reason. It is the motivation behind many Seder customs which were created to keep us and our children engaged. Click here to read more . . .
Learn About Passover with Rabbi Halevy
Mitzvot of Passover
Thursday, March 25th at Noon with KJ
(Chabad sites may accept online Hametz sale early on Friday 3/26)
If there is hametz one wishes to keep after Pesah, it should be sold before the holiday.
Search for Hametz
Thursday, March 25th after dark
Because Pesah begins immediately after Shabbat ends, this year we check for Hametz one day early. On the night of March 25th, we do ‘Bedikat Chametz,’ the search for Chametz. We recite the Bracha: Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Haolam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al biur chametz. We search in all the rooms of the house with a candle or flashlight.
Disposing of the Hametz
Shabbat, March 27th by 10:54 AM
Since the day before Pesah is Shabbat, we dispose of most of our hametz on Friday, leaving only what we need for our Friday evening meal and an early Shabbat brunch. We should complete the midday meal with hamotzi and finish eating by 10:54 am on Shabbat morning. The table and the area where we ate should be cleaned of all remaining hametz. What little crumbs and bread are left should be disposed of in the trash, placed outside the home, or flushed down the toilet. Remember, please do not burn hametz on Shabbat.
Fast of Firstborns
Thursday, March 25th
Firstborn males have the custom of listening to the finishing of a Talmud tractate or partaking in another mitzvah so as not to fast from dawn to dusk. This year, members who have pre-registered online may attend a Siyuum at Kahal at 8:00 am. For those unable to attend, because the fast is one day early and many are still preparing for the holiday, not fasting is an acceptable option.
Passover Seder Nights
Saturday, March 27th after dark
Sunday, March 28th after dark
It is a mitzvah to recite the Haggadah during the Seder with great joy. We eat matzah and drink four cups of wine (or grape juice for kids) while reclining to the left to show that we have our freedom. We arrange the Seder Plate with various symbolic foods. Women recite Shehechiyanu blessing when lighting and saying the blessing over Yom Tov candles on the first nights of Pesach. It is a great mitzvah to speak of Hashem’s wonders on this night!
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