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PESAH 2020 

Candle Lighting and Service Times for the

Week of Pesah 2020 / 5780


Tuesday, April 7

Bedikat Hametz / Search for Leaven after 7:49 PM

Wednesday, April 8

Fast of the First Born /  Erev Pesah   /  First Seder

 Shaharit and Siyyum, 7:00 AM - ZOOM
Siyyum HaBekhorim, 7:30 AM - ZOOM
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  Latest time to eat hametz, 10:59 AM
 Latest time to burn/sell hametz, 11:59 AM
First Seder and Yom Tov Candle Lighting, 7:21 PM

Thursday, April 9

Pesah /  Second Seder

Yom Tov Candle Lighting, 8:26 PM

Friday, April 10

Pesah Day 2

Candle Lighting, 7:23 PM
End of Hag, 8:27 PM

Saturday, April 11 

Shabbat / Hol Hamoed Pesah  Day 3 / Omer 2
   Havdalah, 8:27 PM

Sunday, April 12

Hol Hamoed Pesah  Day 4, Omer 3

 Shaharit, 9:00 AM - ZOOM
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Monday, April 13

Hol Hamoed Pesah  Day 5,   Omer  4​​​

 Shaharit, 9:00 AM - ZOOM
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Contemplative Practice, 7:30 PM - ZOOM
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Tuesday, April  14

Hol Hamoed Pesah  Day 6,   Omer  5​​​

Shaharit, 9:00 AM - ZOOM
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Candle Lighting, 7:27 PM

Wednesday, April 15

Pesah  Day 7,   Omer  6​​​

Candle Lighting, 8:31 PM

Thursday, April 16

Pesah  Day 8,   Omer  7

End of Hag8:32 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 Pesah?

The Torah prohibits Jews from consuming, owning, or deriving benefit from hametz. Before Pesah 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 Pesah ​​​​​​​, 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 Pesah ​​​​​​​. All hametz products, dishes, silverware, and pots that will remain in your home during Pesah ​​​​​​​ must be placed in cabinets or closets that remain closed and sealed throughout the week of Pesah ​​​​​​​.

What is the Siyyum Ha'Bekhorim?

It is a mitzvah for firstborn Jews to fast on the day before Pesah ​​​​​​​ 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 Pesah?

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 Pesah 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 Pesah , the following
products require no special certification: fresh fruits an vegetables, eggs, fresh fish and meat.

If purchased during Pesah ​​​​​, the following products
require certification: all processed foods (canned, frozen, or bottled dairy products, juices).

Can any dishes or utensils be used during Pesah?

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

What is Bedikat Hametz?

After our homes have been thoroughly cleaned for Pesah ​​​​​​​, 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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