Kahal Joseph Congregation

310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org
10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Pesah Guide 5782


A Message from the President

Dear friends,

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

Chag Sameah!

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 hehPesah 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 . . .


Learn with Rabbi Halevy

Learn more with these videos:

Pesach Insights I  & Pesach Insights II


Pesah Melodies with Hazzan Jalali

Enjoy more melodies from Hazzan Jalali, click HERE!

Mitzvot of Passover

Selling Hametz

Thursday, April 14th at 9:30 PM 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, April 14th after dark
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!

Click HERE for the Shelom Yerushalayim Sephardic Haggadah

Click HERE for an Iraqi Haggadah

Passover Food Guides

2022 Pesah Food List from
Rabbi Abadi at


2022 Freedom of a Nation
Guide from Rabbi
Gavriel Cohen


Kahal Joseph Congregation

10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org