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Seventh Day: Tuesday, April 14 – 7:14 pm
Eighth Day: Wednesday, April 15 – 8:16 pm
Havdalah post-Passover: Thursday, April 16 – 8:18 pm
How To Use Technology To Participate In Shabbat And Yom Tov Services
As we approach Shabbat and Pesach, click the link below for a a practical guide that we hope will be helpful to you when using technology for Beth El services and your own family Seders under the new guidelines set forth by Rabbi Schwab. Click here.
The Rabbinic Assembly Siddur Lev Shalom link for Pesach is available here.
The Siddur Lev Shalem with Passover prayers is available here.
At the Zoom virtual Minyan service Wednesday, April 8 at 8:00 am the ceremony of Siyyum Bechorim will take place following the daily Minyan service. The study will be led by Rabbi Michael Schwab. It is customary for the first-born male to fast on this day preceding Passover, as a commemoration of the first-born Egyptians who died in the tenth plague. In place of the fast, however, tradition developed the practice of concluding a portion of study of a Rabbinic text after which celebration and feasting takes place. The Siyyum Bechorim ceremony is the means of obviating the need for a fast. We encourage all first-born males to sign on to this link –https://zoom.us/j/433095382
Bedikat Hametz (The Search For and Burning of Leaven)
On the evening of Tuesday, April 7 after 8:07 pm, the Search for Leaven, Bedikat Hametz, is conducted. This is a ritual that symbolizes the final cleaning of the house of all hametz. It is customary to place pieces of bread in various rooms around the house before the search begins – remember how many pieces there are and where they are hidden! The search is conducted with a candle for light and a feather and wooden spoon to collect the chametz. The chametz, feather and wooden spoon should be put in a bag and set aside to be burnt in the morning. In the morning – this year on Wednesday, April 8 – after eating our last meal of chametz, add any remains from breakfast to the bag of chametz from the previous night, and burn them outside the home. This is the final act of removal of hametz from our homes. Chametz should last be eaten by 10:42 am and burned by 11:45 am. The appropriate prayers for the search for and destruction of chametz are found at the beginning of every Haggadah.
Please email Hazzan Barbara Barnett to sell your Chametz. Or click on the form below. Please complete no later than Tuesday, April 7. A voluntary contribution should be made upon selling Hametz. All gifts will be added to our Maot Chitim fund.
Maot Chitim (Portions of Wheat). It is traditional for Jews who have been blessed by the Almighty to make sure that their less fortunate brethren have all that is necessary to celebrate a joyous Pesach. Special funds for this purpose, known as Maot Chitim, are collected in synagogues throughout the world. Beth El participates in this activity. If you would like to make a contribution to the Maot Chitim fund, please mail it directly to the synagogue, or bring it in personally, and earmark it accordingly. These funds will be distributed to the Greater Chicago Maot Chitim and other institutions that provide Pesach food to the less fortunate.
The following foods are forbidden to Ashkenazic Jews during Pesach: leavened bread, cakes, biscuits and crackers; cereals, coffee substitutes derived from cereals; wheat, barley, oats, rice, dry peas, dry beans, and all liquids which contain ingredients or flavors made from grain alcohol. (Sephardic Jews have some different practices.)
Requiring no “kosher l’Pesach” label, the following foods are permitted in unopened packages or containers: natural coffee, sugar, tea, salt, pepper, and fresh vegetables (except peas and beans, although string beans are permitted on Pesach).
The following foods are permitted if certified for Pesach use by Rabbinical authority (have a kosher l’Pesach label): matzah, matzah flour, Passover noodles, candies, cakes, beverages, canned and processed foods, milk, butter, jams, cheese, jellies, relishes, dried fruits and vegetables, salad oils, vegetable gelatin, shortening, vinegar. Wines and liquors are permitted if certified by a Rabbinical authority as fit for Pesach use.
Dishes and Utensils
Only dishes and utensils specially reserved for Pesach should be used with the following exceptions: silverware made entirely of metal if used during the year may be used on Pesach if thoroughly scoured and immersed in boiling water. Metal pots and pans used for cooking purposes only (but not for baking), if made wholly of metal, though used during the year, may be used on Pesach. They must first be thoroughly scoured and immersed in boiling water. The utensils should not be used for a period of at least 24 hours between their cleaning and immersion in boiling water. Utensils used for baking during the year cannot be used for Passover. Earthenware, enamelware and porcelain utensils used during the year may not be used. Fine translucent chinaware if not used for a year is permitted if scoured and cleaned in hot water.
Authorities disagree as to the method of kashering drinking glasses. One opinion requires soaking in water for three days, changing the water every 24 hours. The other opinion requires only a thorough scrubbing before Pesach or putting them through a dishwasher. A dishwashing machine may be used for Passover after a thorough scouring, non-use for 24 hours and running a complete cycle. Authorities disagree whether a new tray is necessary.
The stove is prepared by a thorough scrubbing and cleansing of all parts, then turning on the ovens and all burners full-flame for one half hour. Self-cleaning ovens should be scrubbed and cleaned, then put through the self-cleaning cycle.
Continuous cleaning ovens must be kashered in the same manner as regular ovens. Microwave ovens should be cleaned, and then a cup of water placed inside. The microwave oven should be turned on until the water disappears. A microwave that has a browning element cannot be kashered. In all the above cases the appliance cannot be used for 24 hours prior to kashering. If the parts of electrical appliances that come into contact with Hametz are removable, they can be kashered in the appropriate way. If the parts are not removable, the appliance cannot be kashered. Non-Passover dishes, pots and hametz whose ownership has been transferred should be separated, locked up or covered and marked in order to prevent accidental use.
If you have specific questions, please contact our rabbis.
Mechirat Hametz (Sale of Hametz)
In addition to the thorough cleaning of the house before Pesach, we are commanded to completely free ourselves of leavened products. Anything made from wheat, barley, oats, rye or spelt, which had a chance to leaven (rise or ferment), must be destroyed. Today a simple but meaningful tradition is followed:
Click here to see more recipes from Chef Laura including many that are kosher for Passover.
Plan a Passover themed movie night with these movies available on Comcast, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services. Some are more family-friendly than others but they are all perfect for the holiday when we’re actually supposed to recline!