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Passover 2018


Click above to watch Part 1 of our Passover Series: Why Did We Have to be Slaves in the First Place?
by Rabbi Adam J. Raskin



Click above to watch Part 2 of our Passover Series: Roots and Fruits
by Jennifer Newfeld, EdD

Click above to watch Part 3 of our Passover Series: The Most Important Text in the Haggadah
by Hazzan Henrique Ozur Bass

Click above to watch Part 4 of our Passover Series: Tools for a kid-friendly Passover Seder
by Beth Hoch

Candle Lighting and Service Times for the

Week of Passover 2018 / 5778


Thursday, March 29

 Bedikat Hametz/Search for Leaven after 7:29 PM 

Friday, March 30, Erev Pesah

 Shaharit, Siyyum, and Breakfast of First Born, 6:45 AM
  Latest time to eat hametz, 10:59 AM
 Latest time to burn/sell hametz, 11:59 AM

 Ma’ariv, 6:15 PM
First Seder, Shabbat & Yom Tov Candle Lighting, 7:12 PM

Saturday, March 31, Shabbat & First Day of Pesah

    Shaharit, 9:30 AM
STaR Passover Shabbat with Mia Raskin 10:45 AM
    Minha, 1:45 PM
 Second Seder, Shabbat & Yom Tov Candle Lighting, 8:13 PM

Sunday, April 1, Second Day of Pesah

   Shaharit, 9:30 AM
    Minha, 7:30 PM
    End of Yom Tov, 8:14 PM

Monday, April 2, Third Day of Pesah

  Shaharit, 6:45 AM
    Ma’ariv, 7:45 PM

Tuesday, April 3, Fourth Day of Pesah

  Shaharit, 6:45 AM
Ma’ariv, 7:45 PM

Wednesday, April 4, Fifth Day of Pesah

 Shaharit, 6:45 AM
    Ma’ariv, 7:45 PM

Thursday, April 5, Sixth Day of Pesah

   Shaharit, 6:45 AM
Ma’ariv, 6:30 PM
    Candle Lighting, 7:18 PM

Friday, April 6, Seventh Day of Pesah

   Shaharit, 9:30 AM
Ma’ariv, 6:30 PM
    Candle Lighting, 7:19 PM

Saturday, April 7, Shabbat & Eighth Day of Pesah

Shaharit (including Yizkor), 9:30 AM
    Minha, Torah Study, Ma’ariv, 7:05 PM
    Yom Tov ends, 8:20 PM

What is   hametz?

The word is translated as "leavened bread." This refers to foods prepared from any of five different types of grain (wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye) that has been allowed to
rise. Ashkenazic custom adds rice, millet, corn, and legumes (referred to as 'kitniyot') to this list. In November 2015, the Rabbinical Assembly’s committee on Jewish law and standards voted that the prohibition on kitniyot for Ashkenazic Jews is no longer binding. Please note that not all Ashkenazic Jews or Conservative Jews have embraced this development.

Why must we do such extensive cleaning  in preparation for Passover?

The Torah prohibits Jews from consuming, owning, or deriving benefit from hametz. Before Passover begins, we engage in a thorough cleaning of our homes, offices, and cars to remove any traces of hametz. While it is preferable to consume or donate excess hametz foods prior to Passover, this is not always possible or economically feasible. In
response, Rabbi Raskin will arrange a sale of hametz products to a non-Jew in the community, who will "own" these items throughout the duration of Passover. All hametz products, dishes, silverware, and pots that will remain in your home during Passover must be placed in cabinets or closets that remain closed and sealed throughout the week of Passover.

What is the Siyyum Ha'Bekhorim?

It is a mitzvah for firstborn Jews to fast on the day before Passover in remembrance of being spared the fate of the firstborn Egyptians. However, firstborns may be exempt from this fast if they participate in the celebration of a siyyum (the completion of a significant amount of Torah study). Every week, a dedicated group has been studying a complete tractate of the Mishnah in preparation for the siyyum. Even if you have not participated in this study group previously, you are encouraged to join us for morning minyan at 6:45 am on March 30th, followed by the siyyum and breakfast. 

What foods require Rabbinic certification during Passover?

Matzah, noodles, candies, cakes, beverages, canned and processed foods, processed cheeses, jam, jelly, relishes, wines, liquors, salad oils/dressings, vegetable gelatin, shortenings, vinegar. Are there foods that do not require special labeling?
If unopened and purchased before Passover begins, the following products require no special certification: pure natural coffee, sugar (not confectioners or powdered), pure brown sugar, saccharin, tea, salt, pepper, frozen vegetables (without additives), frozen fruit juices (without additives), vegetables (string beans are permitted), honey, 100% pure safflower or soy bean oil, nuts (except legumes if you do not eat kitniyot), baking soda, detergents and scouring powders. If purchased before or during Passover, the following
products require no special certification: fresh fruits an vegetables, eggs, fresh fish and meat. If purchased during Passover, the following products
require certification: all processed foods (canned, frozen, or bottled dairy products, juices).

Can any dishes or utensils be used during Passover?

It is preferable to have special dishes and cookware reserved exclusively for Passover use. Certain items, however, can be kashered for use during Passover. Earthenware, enamelware, or porcelain utensils used during the rest of the  year may not be kashered or used during Passover.

What is Bedikat Hametz?

After our homes have been thoroughly cleaned for Passover, and hametz items are stored away, it is traditional to perform a 'search' by candle light, feather, and spoon symbolizing that all visible hametz has been removed.
Note: this is a fun, memorable ritual for children to participate in; it is traditional to place a few crumbs to be 'found' during the search. 


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