As we celebrate the holiday of Passover, the miracle of our Exodus from Egypt, let’s all pray for health and peace for all nations. Let’s be grateful for all the blessings that we have in our lives.
Warm wishes to you and your families for a Happy Passover, Hag Pesah Kasher ve’Sameah
Yvette Dabby, President
A Message from Rabbi Halevy
Pesah is called Zman Heruteinu which means “the time of our freedom”. Pesah is a time when the energy and potential for growth are annually renewed. Our tradition enables us to increasingly connect to this energy, no matter where we find ourselves or what time it is. We are given the power to experience spiritual liberation on Pesah, especially on the Seder nights.
The experience of spiritual liberation is enhanced by performing mitzvot connected to the holiday. Our deeds and intentions reenact the spiritual liberation which happened so many years ago. We relive it in an increasingly more powerful way with each succeeding year.
The order of the Seder and the recitation of the Haggadah encourage us to integrate the energy of spiritual liberation into our lives. There are 15 steps of the Seder, which correspond to the first two letters of Hashem’s name, yud and heh. Pesah means ‘skipping’ in Hebrew. Although we go in order through the fifteen steps, we are able to go outside the limitations that may be ‘enslaving’ us on a spiritual level.Click here to read more . . .
Because Pesah begins with Shabbat this year we check for Hametz on the night of Thursday, April 14th. 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.
Last Time to Eat Hametz
Friday, April 15th by 10:42 AM
The last halakhic time to eat hametz before Pesah is 10:42 AM on Friday, April 15th. Hametz is defined as food containing one for the five grains (wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt) that may have come into contact with water or other leavening agents.
Disposing of the Hametz
Friday, April 15th by 11:48 AM
We dispose of most of our hametz during the morning on Friday, April 15th.
We can either burn the hametz or take what is left to the trash.
Siyum for Fast of Firstborns
Friday, April 15th, 7:30 AM
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, you may attend a Siyuum at Kahal at 7:30 am (following morning prayers at 6:30 am). For those unable to attend in person, click here to join the siyum by Zoom.
Passover Seder Nights
First Seder: Friday, April 15th, Light Candles at 7:06 pm
Second Seder: Saturday, April 16th, Light Candles after dark at 8:10 pm
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!